Lot 47: ANDREW WYETH, (AMERICAN 1917-2009)"HICKORY SMOKED"
December 4, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
Signed ''Andrew Wyeth'' bottom right, watercolor on paper
21 1/4 x 29 3/4 in. (54 x 75.6cm)
Acquired from the above, 1966, through Knoedler Gallery, New York, New York.
From the Estate of former Pennsylvania Governor William W. Scranton and First Lady Mary L. Scranton.
"Twelfth Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture," Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, March 7 - April 11, 1965.
"Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards," American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, New York, May 20 - August 29, 1965.
"Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth: Olsons and Kuerners," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, October 16, 1976 - February 6, 1977.
Betsy James Wyeth, Wyeth at Keurners, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976, (illustrated).
Thomas Hoving, Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth - A Conversation with Andrew Wyeth, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976, (illustrated).
The current lot is a study for the artist''s drybrush work ''Below the Kitchen,'' and depicts the foundation arch of the kitchen fireplace in Karl Kuerner''s cellar, where a smoked ham and side of bacon hang from a ceiling hook. The Kuerner Farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is notable for its association with the Wyeths, and became the subject and inspiration for a vast portion of Andrew Wyeth''s work over the course of seven decades.
The present painting is to be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist''s work.
© 2016 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Frame: 29 7/8 x 37 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.
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