As part of the three-Friday “artists flight” on PBS’ “American Masters” series, Glenn Holsten’s “WYETH: The Life of Andrew Wyeth in Bold Strokes” will be broadcast Friday, Sept. 7, at 10 p.m. on Maine Public Television. The show will be available to stream the following day at pbs.org and on PBS apps.

“WYETH” tells the story of one of America’s most popular, but least understood, artists – longtime Midcoast summer resident Andrew Wyeth. Son of the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth, Andrew had his first exhibition at age 20, and his painting “Christina’s World” was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in 1948. While Wyeth’s exhibitions routinely broke attendance records, art world critics continually assaulted his work.

Detailing the stunning drawings and powerful portraits he created in Chadds Ford, Pa. and on the coast of Cushing, “WYETH” explores his inspirations including neighbor Christina Olsen and his hidden muse, the German model Helga Testorf, whom he painted secretly for 15 years. Through unprecedented access to Wyeth’s family members, including sons Jamie and Nicholas Wyeth; and never-before-seen archival materials from the family’s personal collection and hundreds of Wyeth’s studies, drawings and paintings, “American Masters” presents the most complete portrait of the artist yet — bearing witness to a legacy just at the moment it is evolving.

The other “American Masters” artist films premiering in the iconic American artists series include “Eva Hesse” (Friday, Aug. 31, 9 p.m.), which tells the story of the 1960s art world icon who changed art history and women's place in the picture; “Everybody Knows … Elizabeth Murray” (Friday, Sept. 7, 9 p.m.), which follows Murray’s journey to artistic maverick and is voiced by Meryl Streep; “Wyeth” (the same night, at 10 p.m.); and “Basquiat: Rage to Riches” (Friday, Sept. 14, 9 p.m.), exploring the life of anonymous New York graffiti artist turned ‘80s art world rock star Jean-Michel Basquiat.

For more information, visit pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/blog/artists-flight-series.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.