The event was held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM.
Kuerner Farm, located in Chadds Ford, PA, is one of the two localities that deeply influenced Andrew Wyeth (one of the great American artists of our lifetime) throughout his entire career. The farm is located over the hill from where Andy grew up and his studio he painted in as an adult. The house on the farm dates back to the Revolutionary War. Wyeth painted the property for seven decades. Major work of both Anna and Karl Kuerner was painted during a 30 year period (1948 - 1979). Andy painted the Prussian Helga Testorf (one of his most known models) at the farm as well. Helga - major collection: 1971 - 1985.
A visit to the property has the feeling of stepping into a Wyeth painting. Some of his best known pieces at Kuerner Farm include:
“Brown Swiss”, 1957, tempera.
“Groundhog Day”, 1959, tempera.
“Young Bull”, 1960, dry brush.
“Spring Fed”, 1967, tempera.
“Evening at Kuerner’s", 1970, dry brush.
“Barracoon”, 1976, tempera.
Andy’s words about Kuerner Farm:
“I didn’t go to that farm because I was in any way interested in it or because it was in any way bucolic…the abstract, almost military quality of the farm directly appealed to me. The farm is very utilitarian in its quality. To enter the Kuerner house with those heavy thick walls and have beer on draft or hard cider was an exciting thing. To see the hills capped with snow in the wintertime or to look at the tawniness of the fields in the fall all made me want to paint it. But here again, I backed into it. I didn’t think it was a picturesque place. It just excited me, purely abstractly and purely emotionally.”
Meet Steve Whitney in Brandywine River Museum parking lot at 9:30am for a pre-visit talk about property/Wyeth. He will lead the discussion.
We will meet the docent at 9:45 in the parking lot. Estimated cost is $10 - $15 per person, depending on how many people attend. This is limited to 25 people.
Tripods are allowed. Bring any small objects for still life ops inside or outside.
Maximum attendance is 25.
The image above is the First-place award-winning photo by Steve Whitney entitled " Circles, curves, loops and a little rust".
If you have questions or require further information please contact Dean Grantham.
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