SOLD Beech Tree

by Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009)
Watercolor and pencil on paper
21¾ x 29⅛ inches (sight size)


The artist

Private collection, acquired from above, 1948

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, April 16, 2014, lot 112

Private collection

Avery Galleries, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

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

Thought to have been completed when the artist was only seventeen years old, this work marks an early attention to watercolor. Later speaking on the medium, Andrew Wyeth expressed, “The only virtue to a watercolor is to put down an idea very quickly without too much thought about what you feel at the moment. In some senses it is similar to drawing but drawing in all aspects of color. With watercolor, you can pick up the atmosphere, the temperature, the sound,” continuing, “watercolor perfectly expresses the free side of my nature.”[1]

[1] Andrew Wyeth, interview with Thomas Hoving, quoted in Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1976), 33.

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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