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Extreme views by 3 generations of Wyeths

Andrew Wyeth’s “Soaring” is among the works by three generations of his family on view at the Shelburne Museum through Oct. 27.

J. David

Andrew Wyeth’s “Soaring” is among the works by three generations of his family on view at the Shelburne Museum through Oct. 27.

SHELBURNE, Vt. — Three generations of this country’s best-known family of artists are represented at an exhibit at Shelburne Museum. “Wyeth Vertigo” examines extreme perspectives, unconventional angles, and powerful narratives in 36 works by N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth. The exhibition is organized around the museum’s monumental painting “Soaring” by Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and preparatory drawings made for “Soaring” on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts. “Soaring” positions the viewer directly above turkey buzzards in flight gazing down on a wheat field and diminutive white farmhouse. Works by Andrew’s father, N.C. (1882-1945), and Andrew’s son Jamie (1946-) offer the viewer unexpected viewpoints and highlight themes endemic to all three artists’ works. “N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth all painted manipulated and disquieting views of nature: birds, islands, waves, cliffs, and chasms. Nature is rarely depicted as comforting,” noted Joyce Hill Stoner, co-curator of the exhibition. “Wyeth Vertigo,” which continues through October, includes works on loan from other museums and private collections, including several directly from the Wyeth family.

SHELBURNE MUSEUM 6000 Shelburne Road, 802-985-3346, Adults $22, ages 5-18 $11, under 5 free; discounted tickets after 3 p.m.


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