SOLD Dead End, Study for End of the Road, 2005

by Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009)
Watercolor on paper
17 x 18½ inches (sight size)
Signed lower right: Andrew Wyeth
© 2022 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York



The artist

Nicholas Wyeth, son of above, 2006

Private collection, Maryland, acquired from above, 2006

Shay Art, New York, New York, 2006


Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, on long-term loan, 2007–2022

Related Works

End of the Road, 2005, tempera on panel, 16 x 20 inches, signed top center: A. Wyeth; Private collection

Walking Home, watercolor and pencil on paper, 13 x 20 inches, signed lower left; Private collection

Note: This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work by Betsy James Wyeth.

This work depicts Alan Messersmith, a longtime friend of the artist, on Murphy Road at the Messersmith Farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The Messersmith’s were neighbors of Wyeth and he frequently depicted their farm. The composition of this watercolor is almost identical to a tempera painting titled End of the Road, which Wyeth completed in the same year.

Artist Biography

Prominent Twentieth Century American Realist

By Margarita Karasoulas

Nationally recognized as one of the leading artists of the twentieth century, Andrew Wyeth’s enduring images of rural America hold a unique place in contemporary American painting.

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

Born in 1917 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Andrew Newell Wyeth was the son of the famous artist and illustrator N.C. Wyeth and Carolyn Brenneman Bockius. As a child, Wyeth was tutored at home and began an apprenticeship with his father at the age of fifteen. Under this rigorous instruction, Andrew studied Rimmer’s anatomy, trained in painting still life, and

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