Although N. C. Wyeth is one of the most recognized American illustrators, he was also an accomplished muralist and painter of still life, genre scenes, landscapes and seascapes. Generally painted between 1910 and 1940, these easel paintings liberated Wyeth from the strictures of commercial work and were often done for the purposes of investigating various art movements from Impressionism to Regionalism. The figural and landscape subjects were inspired by the farmers and rural surroundings of his Chadds Ford home as well as the hardy fishermen and rocky coastline he encountered during frequent painting trips to Monhegan Island, Maine, and later Port Clyde, where the Wyeths began summering in the early 1920s.
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The Artist’s Studio, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania is one of Wyeth’s earliest easel landscapes, painted on a property just east of town that he rented upon moving there with his young family in April 1908. The barn was converted into a studio space and within those walls Wyeth finished several illustration pieces over the next few years, including the seventeen canvases created for Treasure Island. As financially and creatively rewarding as this and other commercial projects became (the Treasure Island project allowed him to build a house on several acres in Chadds Ford in 1911), he often regretted not being able to channel more energy into his studies of the surrounding Pennsylvania landscape.
From a house in Needham, Massachusetts
To private collection, Boston, Massachusetts, to 2000
With Christie’s, New York, May 2000
To private collection, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, to 2008
With Questroyal Fine Art, New York, New York, by 2008
To private collection, Greenville, South Carolina, 2013 to present
1). Questroyal Fine Art, New York, with painting description
2). Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, Delaware, with painting description
Christine B. Podmaniczky, N. C. Wyeth: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings (London: Scala Publishers, 2008), S.30, p. 795