Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In, Exhibition Catalog

About the Artist

American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) lived his entire life in his birthplace of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and his summer home in mid-coast Maine. His seven-decade career was spent painting the land and people that he knew and cared about. Renowned for his tempera Christina's World (1948), Wyeth navigated between artistic representation and abstraction in a highly personal way.

Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In, Exhibition Catalog

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By Nancy K. Anderson and Charles Brock

In celebration of the recent gift of Andrew Wyeth’s Wind from the Sea (1947)—one of the artist’s most important paintings—the National Gallery of Art, Washington, presents an exhibition focused on Wyeth’s frequent use of the window as the subject of his art. Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In will showcase some 60 watercolors, drawings, and tempera paintings completed after Wind from the Sea—the artist’s first fully realized exploration of the theme.


Wyeth returned to windows repeatedly, producing more than 300 works that explore not only the formal but also the conceptual richness of the subject. Spare, elegant, and abstract, these paintings are free of the narrative element associated with the artist’s better-known figural compositions. They will be grouped in suites, incorporating related works that explore the disciplined process of reduction and simplification Wyeth consistently used in creating his window paintings. The resulting images are often rigorous in their formal construction but deeply personal in subject.


In its exclusive focus on paintings without human subjects, this catalogue offers a new approach to Wyeth's work and represents the first time that his non-figural works have been published as a group since the 1990s. The authors explore Wyeth's fascination with windows--their formal structure and metaphorical complexity. In essays that address links with the poetry of Robert Frost and the paintings of Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler and other artistic peers, the authors consider Wyeth's statement that he was, in fact, an abstract painter.

  • Available in hardcover or softcover
  • 212 pages, 10 x 11 inches
  • 150 color reproductions
  • Published: 2014

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