Lot 30
  • 30

Andrew Wyeth

250,000 - 350,000 USD
435,000 USD
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  • Andrew Wyeth
  • The Trophy
  • signed Andrew Wyeth (lower right)
  • drybrush and watercolor on paper


M. Knoedler & Co., New York
Private collection, 1963 (acquired from the above)
By descent to the present owner


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Baltimore, Maryland, Baltimore Museum of Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Chicago, Illinois, Art Institute of Chicago, Andrew Wyeth - Temperas, Watercolors, Dry Brush, Drawings, 1938 - 1966, October-November 1966
Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Andrew Wyeth, July-September 1970, no. 62, p. 108, illustrated
San Francisco, California, DeYoung Memorial Museum, The Art of Andrew Wyeth, June-September 1973
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth: Kuerners and Olsons, October 1976-November 1977, no. 29, illustrated
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum of ArtGolden Impressions of Andrew Wyeth - Jewelry by Donald Pywell from the Collection of Betsy Wyeth, November 1991-January 1992
Nagoya, Japan, Aichi Prefectural Museum; Tokyo, Japan, Bunkamura Museum of Art; Fukushima City, Japan, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art; Kansas City, Missouri, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Andrew Wyeth Retrospective, February-November 1995, illustrated


"Andy's World," Time, December 1963, pp. 44-52, illustrated 
Betsy James Wyeth, Wyeth at Kuerners, Boston, Massachusetts, 1976, p. 109, illustrated
Thomas Hoving, Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth - A Conversation with Andrew Wyeth, Boston, Massachusetts, 1976, n.p., illustrated
Samuel H. Young, "Still Life with Jewels," Almanac: A Publication of the Franklin Mint, September 1989, pp. 12-19, illustrated 
Andrew Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth: Autobiography, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, 1995, p. 62, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Throughout his career Andrew Wyeth maintained a close relationship with his neighbors, particularly Karl Kuerner, who served as a surrogate father to Wyeth after the untimely death of his father N.C. in 1945. The Kuerner farm, located approximately one mile from the artist's home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, was the subject of numerous works by the artist. In his autobiography, Wyeth describes the scene that inspired him to execute The Trophy:“Karl Kuerner would hunt in northern Maine and would bring back the racks and hang them around the house. I came over the hill one day and saw a strange shadow. It summed up a lot of Karl’s sharpness. God, he had a quick mind and eye. I never had to romanticize Karl. I loved the hidden side of his nature…. I never look at the outer surface of a person. My people aren’t just ‘characters’” (Andrew Wyeth Autobiography, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, 1995, p. 62).

This work will be included in Betsy James Wyeth’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.