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significant forthcoming works and collections

above: andrew wyeth (american 1917-2009), “frozen wash”, signed twice bottom right, watercolor on paper, sheet size: 21 x 29 1/2 in. (53.3 x 74.9cm), $80,000-100,000 (£61,550-76,900) + fees ©2019 andrew wyeth / artists rights society (ars), new york


leaving the top and bottom edges of the watercolor completely untouched, he is able to capture the famous winter light that is so dazzling to the eye, and which here vividly contrasts with the brown facades that are almost completely encompassed by deep shadows.

ndrew Wyeth often found his greatest inspiration in the peaceful surroundings of Brinton’s Mill, his home in Chadds Ford (PA), which he bought and restored with his wife Betsy in 1958. “Frozen Wash” is no exception in that regard, as it depicts an icy wash hanging behind the house of Alexander Chandler who lived at the small, early crossroads of Dilworthtown, just a couple of miles up the road from the artist’s home.

Generally speaking, the work reveals Wyeth’s interest in winter scenes, and his obsession with the atmospheric consequences such cold weather could have on the landscape. As he explained himself: “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape—the loneliness of it— the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it—the whole story doesn’t show.” In “Frozen Wash”, through longexperimented technique, brilliant use of color and mastery of details, Wyeth transforms an overlooked, common scene of rural Pennsylvania into a quiet masterpiece of sensibility and poetry.

The buildings in the background of “Frozen Wash” are the same ones that appear in many other major watercolors Wyeth created in the 1950s, especially the ones related to the Chandler family. In fact, Alexander Chandler was a close friend of the artist. In 1955, Wyeth painted his portrait (Alexander Chandler, Private collection), and the year later he depicted his granddaughter Cathy Hunt (Granddaughter, 1956, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut). Wyeth had always been attracted to the stone buildings of his friend’s house. On the particular day he executed “Frozen Wash,” he was struck by the icy quality of the floating blankets left on the laundry line - a subtle indication of human life in this cold, quiet, winter world. Through his delicate touch and his overall mastery of the medium, Wyeth successfully renders the subtle effects of light and shadow at play in the work. By

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