Acquired by the present owner directly from the artist
Jamie Wyeth was born in 1946 and grew up on his parents' farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, a sensitive observer of his rural surroundings. Wyeth was home schooled after the sixth grade and spent much of his time on the farm painting and reading, surrounded by animals both at home and at his neighbor Mattie Ball's nearby property. Den Den, the Balls' big sow with a crooked snout, became one of Wyeth's favorite barnyard pets and models. Many years later when the Ball family had to move, Wyeth, now grown, took all their animals to his own farm, Point Lookout, in Chadds Ford. Pig and the Train was painted in the winter of 1978 at Point Lookout.
"The seamless blending of dream-like imagery and closely observed detail is characteristic of many of the paintings of Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth, but nowhere is it more apparent than in the work of Jamie Wyeth" (Christopher Crosman, Wondrous Strange: The Wyeth Tradition-Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth, Boston, Massachusetts,1998, p.127).
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