Wyeth temperas, watercolors on view
Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum has opened a new exhibition in the downtown museum’s Hadlock Gallery. “Andrew Wyeth: Temperas and Watercolors” will be on display through April.
Included in this exhibition are some of the American master’s most popular tempera paintings including “The Patriot,” “The Witching Hour,” “Turkey Pond,” “Pentecost” and “Adrift.” Wyeth was introduced to egg tempera, a renaissance technique, by his brother-in-law, the painter Peter Hurd. Tempera soon became his major medium.
“I think the real reason tempera fascinated me was that I loved the quality of the colors: the earth colors, the terra verde, the ochers, the reds, the Indian reds, and the blue-red are superb. I get colors from all over the world. I love the quality and feel of it,” Wyeth is quoted in “Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth: Kuerners and Olsons,” published in 1976 by New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He went on to say that the medium is a very lasting one, because the pure method of the dry pigment and the egg yolk is terrifically sticky, as anyone who has tried to rub dried egg off a plate will attest. It takes tempera about six months or more to dry and then one can actually take a scrubbing brush to it.
Wyeth stated that it was a moment he was after, fleeting but not frozen: “Tempera is not a medium for swiftness; it’s marvelous, but it’s not for the quick effect.”
The Farnsworth Art Museum, with more than 15,000 works in the collection, celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art, offering a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. For more information, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.
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