SOLD Berry Pickers, 1938

by Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009)
Watercolor on paper
12¼ x 9½ inches (sight size)
Inscribed and signed lower right: ROUGH SKETCH / ANDREW WYETH
© 2022 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York




The artist

Celia Katz Mendelsohn, New York, New York, gift from above

Private collection, New York, New York, by descent from above

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, March 2, 2006, lot 130, from above

Jay I. Kislak, Florida, acquired from above

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, November 22, 2021, lot 31, from above (sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation)

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

In the 1920s, Celia Katz Mendelsohn founded American Artists, located at 67 West 44th Street in New York, a firm which promoted artists and illustrators like Wyeth, Harold Anderson (1894–1973), and Andrew Loomis (1892–1959), among others.

Jay I. Kislak was the founder of one of the country’s largest private mortgage banks, a philanthropist, and collector of over 4,000 books, manuscripts, maps, and artifacts pertaining to the history and cultures of Mesoamerica, Florida, the Caribbean, now in the Library of Congress. His art collection included examples by important impressionist, modern, and contemporary artists.

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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