ROCKLAND, Maine — The Farnsworth Art Museum has opened two new exhibitions of the work of Andrew Wyeth.
The shows, which opened Saturday, give viewers an opportunity to explore and compare works from more than seven decades of Wyeth’s paintings. In “Early Temperas and Watercolors” the focus is on Wyeth’s work from the period of 1937-1939. His later work appears in “Andrew Wyeth — Winter Exhibition.” Both shows featuring the 91-year-old painter and part-time Maine resident will run through May 18, 2009.
“Early Temperas and Watercolors” is a grouping of 10 watercolors and two temperas completed when Wyeth was around 20 years old. The paintings depict images wooden lobster pots, fish weirs and spearing sculpin for bait.
The later works in “Andrew Wyeth — Winter Exhibition” combine portraits and interiors, and include a 2006 Wyeth painting, “Homeland Security.”
Wyeth, who was born in Chadds Ford, Pa., has spent summers in the midcoast area of Maine since he was a child and has a long-standing relationship with the Farnsworth, which mounted Wyeth’s first solo show in 1951. He was the son of artist-illustrator N.C. Wyeth and is the father of painter Jamie Wyeth.
The Farnsworth Art Museum is open this winter 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. For more information go to www.farnsworthmuseum.org.