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James Wyeth, The Faune, 2002, Oil on canvas, 36 x 26 in., Collection of Brandywine River Museum, Purchase made possible by the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation; the Roemer Foundation; the Margaret Dorrance Strawbridge Foundation of PA, I, Inc.; and an anonymous donor


James Wyeth, Don Quixote Poster, 2003, Combined mediums on toned board, Collection of Brandywine River Museum. Purchase made possible by the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr., and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation; the Roemer Foundation; the Margaret Dorrance Strawbridge Foundation of PA, I, Inc.; and an anonymous donor

Rudolf Nureyev by James Wyeth
June 3 - July 31, 2011
Opening Reception
5:30-8 p.m., First Friday, June 3, 2011

Like a method actor, Wyeth, spends as much time as possible with the subject of his portrait, “trying to get under his skin, trying to absorb his character by osmosis.” Celebrated artist James “Jamie” Wyeth (b. 1946), third generation of the American art dynasty that included his father Andrew Wyeth and grandfather N.C. Wyeth, is well–known for his depictions of birds, animals and landscapes and his sensitive and illuminating portraits, including ones of presidents Jimmy Carter and JFK as well as Andy Warhol.

It was in 1977, that Wyeth persuaded the famous ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) to pose for him. He observed Nureyev for one whole year during which time he sketched the dancer in rehearsals, on stage, and in his dressing room. Nureyev also sat for portraits at the Wyeth Pennsylvania farm. During these sessions Nureyev would critique Wyeth’s portraits, well aware of the importance of the series would have regarding his public image.

The paintings included in the exhibition date from 1977 to 2003 and document the artist’s fascination with the world’s most famous ballet dancer over the course of 26 years. Nureyev was inspired by Wyeth as well, and said: “Wyeth knew his anatomy better than his tailor.”

The exhibition includes 15 paintings of combined mixed mediums, six of which are studies, three sketchbook images, a costume from Raymonda, Act III, Jean de Brienne and a pair of ballet slippers worn by Nureyev. This exhibition has been organized by the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

Presented with support from Conry Asset Management, LLC, Brendan T. Conry, Founder & Principal.

Please be aware that Rudolf Nureyev by James Wyeth contains one nude portrait of Nureyev.



 

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