Lot 991
Andrew Wyeth (PA/ME, 1917-2009), "Gray Light"
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Watercolor on paper, signed at both lower right and lower left "Andrew Wyeth," the verso with watercolor study, matted and framed under glass.

SS 16.25 x 28.75 in.; DOA 28.75 x 41.75 in.

Finnish Relief, 1940
Private Collection, Baltimore, MD, 1940
Private Collection, Washington, D.C., (by descent through family)

1939 - "Three Woman Exhibition and Water Colors by Andrew Wyeth," Montclair Art Museum, NJ (held 5 October - 22 October 1939).

1940 - Exhibition for Finnish Relief, Grand Central Galleries, Gotham Hotel, New York, NY (held 21 January through 6 February 1940).

This painting retains its original exhibition label, which is signed and titled by the artist's secretary.

The Exhibition for Finnish Relief was sponsored by the NYC Mayor's Committee for Finnish Relief and was assembled through the cooperation of nineteen art galleries in New York, including Macbeth Gallery which represented Andrew Wyeth. One hundred and forty-six American artists contributed their work to the exhibition which benefited civilian relief in Finland. The works were sold in a blind auction with bidders placing the amount of their bids and the title of the desired painting in a secret box. (New York Times, 21 January 1940).

We wish to thank Mary Adam Landa, Wyeth Collection Manager, for providing additional information. This watercolor is included in the artist's catalogue raisonne. The painting depicts Clyde Stanley, with Caldwells Island beyond and was painted from Horse Point, Port Clyde, Maine.

Minimal fading; some acid burn from the old mat; minor scattered foxing on the verso.

$40,000 - 80,000