ANDREW NEWELL WYETH (American 1917-2009) A PAINTING, "Jean Hadlock," 1957, watercolor on paper, dedication and signed L/R, "For Wendell Hadlock, with warmest and highest regards, Andy Wyeth." 15" x 21" Provenance: Gift of the artist to Wendell S. Hadlock, Maine, 1957; by descent through the Hadlock family to present owner. Note: "I think one's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes. I see no reason for painting but that. If I have anything to offer, it is my emotional contact with the place where I live and the people I do." - Andrew Wyeth. One of the most celebrated American artists of the 20th Century, Andrew Newell Wyeth (1917-2009) was a master of watercolor and egg tempera painting in a realist, regionalist style. He painted the evocative imagery of the America that surrounded him, most often depicting the people and scenery of his beloved mid-coast Maine and Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania. Wyeth's watercolor, Jean Hadlock, of 1957 embodies the recognizable aesthetics of the artist's work, along with his unique technique when using watercolor and drybrush of scratching into the surface of the paper. Wyeth spoke of the energy he poured into his work, "I've torn pictures in half trying to get into them, to get structure and weight and form and succulence and passion." Portraying the daughter of his friend Wendell S. Hadlock wistfully overlooking Chickawakee Lake outside of Rockland, Maine, the painting was a gift from the artist to Mr. Hadlock. Wyeth includes an appreciative dedication, "For Wendell Hadlock with warmest and highest regards," and intimately signs "Andy Wyeth." Mr. Hadlock was the curator of The Farnsworth Art Museum from 1951 to 1976 and a champion of Wyeth's art and career - guiding the museum to purchase Wyeth's painting "Her Room" in the early 1960s for a then record price of $65,000. He personally assisted Wyeth with the challenges of daily life amidst growing fame and was instrumental in the advancement of his career. The painting has been held within the Hadlock family since it was gifted by Wyeth. The present watercolor is to be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.
In good condition, some evidence of framing along edges, verso museum tape. All abrasions in the paper are intentional and original to the execution by the artist.
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