1917 - 2009
DRY WELL (RAIN BARREL)
signed Andrew Wyeth (lower right)
watercolor on paper
20 ½ by 29 ¾ inches
(52.1 by 75.6 cm)
Executed in 1958.
This watercolor will be included in Betsy James Wyeth’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.
The sheet is hinged to its support at three places along the reverse top edge. There is a natural rippling to the sheet inherent to the artist's materials and minor toning along the extreme top edge beneath the mat. The pigments appear fresh.
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Mrs. Ledyard Cogswell Jr., Loudonville, New York, by 1962
Cornelia Cogswell Rossi, New Haven, Connecticut, 1985 (by descent)
Sold: Independent Appraisers and Auctioneers, Pawling, New York, April 2004
Spanierman Gallery, New York, 2004 (probably acquired at the above sale)
Private collection, California, 2005 (acquired from the above; sold: Sotheby's, New York, December 4, 2013, lot 11)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale
"RAIN BARREL," The National Observer, August 31, 1962, illustrated, n.p.
"At the Wyeth Preview," Arizona Daily Star, March 19, 1963, illustrated, n.p.
Betsy James Wyeth, Christina's World, Boston, Massachusetts, 1982, p. 172, illustrated
New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Andrew Wyeth-Recent Paintings, October-November 1958, no. 25, p. 2
Buffalo, New York, The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Temperas, Water Colors and Drawings, November-December 1962, no. 71, p. 50, illustrated
Tucson, Arizona, University of Arizona Art Gallery, Andrew Wyeth: An Exhibition of Watercolors, Temperas, and Drawings, March-April 1963, no. 68, p. 68, illustrated p. 35
Waterville, Maine, Colby College Museum of Art; Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Maine and Its Artists-1710-1963: An Exhibition in Celebration of the Sesquicentennial of Colby College, 1813-1963, May 1963-March 1964, no. 122, p. 28
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 into 1966, October 1966-June 1967, no. 117, p. 64
Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Andrew Wyeth, 1970, no. 124, p. 185, illustrated
Rockland, Maine, William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Andrew Wyeth: Something of the Artist, July-October 1988
Rockland, Maine, William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Hadlock Gallery, Christina Olson: Her World, September 2000-January 2001
New York, Spanierman Gallery, Maine: A Legacy in Painting, 1830 to the Present, New York, October-November 2005, no. 77, p. 95, illustrated pp. 95-96
Naples, Florida, Naples Museum of Art, Andrew Wyeth & Family, January-May 2006
Andrew Wyeth executed Dry Well in 1958 on the Olson property in Cushing, Maine. According to Wyeth, “The pump in the Olsons’ pantry drew water from a cistern below the floor. Rainwater pouring off the high roofs above was fed by troughs and downspouts into this cistern. For weeks on end no rain fell. Alvaro put a big barrel on a drag, towed it to the spring in the pasture, covered the barrel full of water with a canvas and hauled it back to the house. This was their well the summer of the drought” (as quoted in Andrew Wyeth, Meriden, Connecticut, 1970, p. 185).