Collection: N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives

Well known during the 20th century for his bold, imaginative illustrations that brought new characterizations to classic stories such as Treasure Island and The Boy’s King Arthur, N. C. Wyeth vigorously pursued parallel interests in painting landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lifes, murals, and advertising images throughout his career. N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives will be the first exhibition to examine in depth the entirety of Wyeth’s oeuvre, repositioning him within the greater context of early 20th century American visual culture.

A master of many styles and a brilliant colorist, Wyeth employed the skills honed in his illustration work to address various thematic and stylistic currents running through the first five decades of the twentieth century. While incorporating the best of Wyeth’s illustrations, the exhibition will also feature aspects of his art that until now have garnered less scholarly attention, significantly expanding the arc of his multi-faceted career.

Organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Portland Museum of Art, N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives will include approximately 70 paintings and drawings selected from major museums and private collections. A number of objects from the artist’s studio collection, ranging from Native American and Western artifacts to a first edition of Treasure Island, will also be included. The accompanying catalogue will contain essays by scholars who will explore relevant issues. 

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Illustration for The Black Arrow by N. C. Wyeth
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Bronco Buster by N. C. Wyeth
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Illustration for Rip Van Winkle by N. C. Wyeth
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Bucking Bronco by N. C. Wyeth
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The Gnomes Bowling by N. C. Wyeth
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