Jamie Wyeth B. 1946
- Jamie Wyeth
- Pig and The Train
- signed J. Wyeth, l.l.; also inscribed Pig and The Train Winter 1978 [sic] Chadds Ford on the stretcher
- oil on canvas
Acquired by the present owner directly from the artist
Anchorage, Alaska, Anchorage Fine Arts Museum; Fairbanks, Alaska, University of Alaska Museum; Juneau, Alaska, Alaska State Museum, Jamie Wyeth in Alaska, March 1983-May 1983, no. 20, illustrated
Portland, Maine, Portland Museum of Art; Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia Museum; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Art Center, Jamie Wyeth: An American View, September 1984-January 1985, no. 20, pp. 8, 27, illustrated in color
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum (and traveling), An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art, March 1987-November 1988, no. 98. p. 204, illustrated in color p. 184
Robert Rosenblum, Joyce Hill Stoner, Margaret Rose Vendryes, Christine Daulton, Factory Work: Warhol, Wyeth, Basquiat, Rockland, Maine, 2006, illustrated in color
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).