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V. F. W.

© Andrew Wyeth. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

V. F. W.

Artist: Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917–2009)
Culture: American
Date: 1964
Medium: Watercolor and drybrush on paper
26 1/4 x 20 inches (66.7 x 50.8 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Bequest of Louise and Alvin Myerberg
Label Text:Andrew Wyeth is not easily categorized within an artistic movement, but his work follows in the footsteps of the American Regionalists and social realists. Like them, he focused on his own region, in his case Maine, and drew inspiration from its people and landscape. In this work, Wyeth's neighbor and friend, Ralph Cline, is pictured in his World War I uniform. This stark single figure faces away from the viewer and is placed against a detailed expanse of nature and empty sky. There is a sense of loneliness, and perhaps a touch of pessimism. Wyeth's work touches on many themes including old age, time passing, lives lost and war memories.

Wyeth's painstaking technique of using watercolor and tempera paint applied with a dry brush onto paper allowed him to achieve incredible sharpness. Andrew Wyeth was trained by his father, the well-known illustrator N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), from whom he gained great skill in draftsmanship.

Object number: 2010.3.14