Andrew Wyeth (PA, 1917-2009), Breakup with bronze life casts of the artist's hands
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Tempera on panel, signed at lower right, 1994, matted and presented under glass in a Lowy branded gold leaf frame. The bronze hands were cast from a mold of the artist's hands by Laran Bronze Foundry, Inc. of Chester, Pennsylvania, circa 1985-1986, and were used by the artist to complete this painting. The foundry cast six pairs of hand - one cast was given to Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Fowler by Mr. and Mrs. Wyeth; one cast was given to the current owner of the tempera, Breakup; and the other three to private individuals. For this lot, payment accepted only by wire transfer.
SS 19.5 x 27.75 in.; DOA 27 x 35.25 in.
The artist, with Frank. E. Fowler, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Private Collection, North Carolina (acquired from Fowler in 1994)
Exhibited Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, Andrew Wyeth Gallery, May 16 - November 17, 1994. Greenville, South Carolina, Greenville County Museum of Art, and elsewhere, Andrew Wyeth - America's Painter, June 18, 1996 - Februrary 16, 1997, n.p., no. 49. Rockland, Maine, William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, and elsewhere, Wondrous Strange - The Wyeth Tradition - Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth, June 21, 1998 - February 21, 1999, p. 114, illustrated. Jackson, Mississippi, Mississippi Museum of Art, and elsewhere, Andrew Wyeth: Close Friends, February 3 - December 31, 2001, p. 151, illustrated. Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, Works by Andrew Wyeth and Golden Impressions by Donald Pywell, November 28, 2003 - January 11, 2004. Atlanta, Georgia, High Museum of Art, and elsewhere, Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic, November 12, 2005 - July 16, 2006, pp. 23, 55, 58, 201, pl. 78, illustrated. New York, Adelson Galleries, Andrew Wyeth: Seven Decades, November 18, 2014 - December 20, 2014, n.p., illustrated. Literature G.G. Colt, "Wyeth - Face to Face," Life, March 1997, n.p., illustrated. M. Barlow, Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, Oxford, England, 2011, n.p. This painting will be included in Betsy James Wyeth's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.