Andrew Wyeth, “Alvaro and Christina,” 1968 watercolor on paper, Farnsworth Art Museum 
© 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)
Andrew Wyeth, “Alvaro and Christina,” 1968 watercolor on paper, Farnsworth Art Museum © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)
On Saturday, April 15, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will open the second set of five exhibitions marking the centennial of Andrew Wyeth’s birth. “Andrew Wyeth: Maine Watercolors, 1938–2008” is a retrospective exhibition featuring many of Wyeth’s most important Maine watercolors; and “The Olson House: Photographers’ Muse” features photographs of the house made famous by Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World.” Both exhibitions will be on display at the museum’s Wyeth Center, with the photography show on view through October 29, and the watercolor exhibition on view through the end of the year.

“Andrew Wyeth: Maine Watercolors, 1938–2008” features many of the painter’s watercolors of Maine spanning his entire career, including a study for his final work “Goodbye My Love.” Co-curated by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky and American art scholar Henry Adams, many of the works on display are from private collections and are rarely seen by the public.

“This is truly a survey exhibition,” says Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell. “With the scope of these works spanning his entire career, the public will have a unique opportunity to examine how Andy’s work grew through the decades; to compare these works to many of the original drawings on display in the main museum’s drawing show; and to completely immerse themselves in the works of this great American master. This is without question one of the most important Andrew Wyeth watercolor retrospectives ever.”

The Olson House was one of Andrew Wyeth’s major inspirations. He portrayed the house and its surroundings in some 300 works over a period of three decades. Mostly through its connection to the artist, it became the subject for many photographers’ works through the years. The exhibition “The Olson House: Photographers’ Muse” will include the works of Paul Caponigro, Linda Connor, Tillman Crane, James Moore, Bradley Prescott, Peter Ralston, Kosti Ruohomaa, George Tice, Brian Vanden Brink, and Ewa Zebrowski.