ANDREW WYETH | DESERTED LIGHT
Property from a Private East Coast Collection
1917 - 2009
signed Andrew Wyeth (lower right)
watercolor and pencil on paper
30 ½ by 22 inches
(77.4 by 55.9 cm)
Executed in 1977.
This watercolor will be included in Betsy James Wyeth’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.
Coe Kerr Gallery, New York
Private collection, 1979 (acquired from the above; sold: Christie's, New York, May 21, 2008, lot 6)
Hammer Galleries, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, Delaware, by 2010
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2013
"American Masters and Blackwell's Island," American Fine Art Magazine, May 2013, pp. 66-69, 114-19, illustrated
Kelly Compton, "Spring Comes to the Brandywine River Valley," Fine Art Connoisseur, May 2013, pp. 92-93, illustrated
Tokyo, Japan, Mitsukoshi Main Store; Sapporo, Japan, Mitsukoshi Branch Store, Kobe, Japan, Mitsukoshi Branch Store, Andrew Wyeth, October-November 1978, illustrated
New York, Hammer Galleries, 19th & 20th Century European & American Masters - Recent Acquisitions, October-November 2008, illustrated fig. 21, n.p.
Wilmington, Delaware, Somerville Manning Gallery, American Masters: Art of the 19th, 20th, and 21st Century, April-June 2010
Palm Springs, California, Palm Springs Art Museum, Andrew Wyeth in Perspective, October 2011-January 2012, p. 56, illustrated p. 57
Wilmington, Delaware, Somerville Manning Gallery, American Masters: Art of the 19th - 21st Centuries, April-June 2013
Executed in 1977, Andrew Wyeth's Deserted Light depicts the Southern Island Lighthouse, approximately two years before his wife, Betsy James, purchased Southern Island in Tenants Harbor, Maine. Wyeth began spending each summer in Maine at the age of three, when his father, the celebrated American illustrator N.C. Wyeth, bought a rambling old sea captain’s house in Port Clyde at the end of the St. George Peninsula.
Wyeth once remarked, "Maine to me is almost like going to the surface of the moon. I feel things are just hanging on the surface and that it's all going to blow away. In Maine, everything seems to be dwindling with terrific speed" (as quoted in Thomas Hoving, Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth: Kuerners and Olsons, New York, 1976, p. 3).