Brandywine River Museum of Art

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Brandywine River Museum of Art
Brandywine River Museum of Art along the river.jpg
Established1971
LocationU.S. Route 1
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
United States
TypeArt
WebsiteBrandywine River Museum

The Brandywine River Museum of Art is a museum of regional and American art located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Brandywine Creek. The museum showcases the work of Andrew Wyeth, a major American realist painter, and his family: his father N.C. Wyeth, illustrator of many children's classics, his son Jamie Wyeth, a contemporary American realist painter,[1] and his daughter Ann Wyeth McCoy, a composer and painter.

History[edit]

The museum is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. It opened in 1971 through the efforts of "Frolic" Weymouth, who also served on its board.[2]

In September 2021, the museum's lower levels were flooded due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida with mechanical systems, lecture rooms, classrooms and office spaces damaged and estimates around $6 million.[3] The museum still opened for the holiday season in limited capacity later in the year.[4]

Location[edit]

The museum, sometimes referred to as the Wyeth Museum,[5][6] is housed in a converted nineteenth century mill with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine River (also known as Brandywine Creek). The glass-wall lobby overlooks the river and rolling countryside that inspired the Brandywine School earlier in the early 20th century.[2]

The museum also owns and operates tours of three nearby National Historic Landmarks: the N. C. Wyeth House and Studio,[7] the Kuerner Farm,[8] inspiration for nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth for more than 70 years, and the Andrew Wyeth Studio,[9] where the artist painted from 1940 until just before his death. The building also served as his home; he and his wife Betsy moved in as newlyweds and lived here until the early 1960s, raising their two sons. Outside the museum are beautifully maintained wildflower and native plant gardens.[10]

Contents[edit]

The museum's permanent collection features American illustration, still life works, and landscape painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey, Harvey Dunn, Peter Hurd, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, William Trost Richards, and Jessie Willcox Smith.[11] It is also known for the collection and display of O-gauge model trains that have bee on display since about 1972 and includes about 2,000 feet of track and more than 1,000 pieces. The museum has also put on a whimsical Critter ornament display and sale since 1971, with animal ornaments created with only natural materials and some were displayed at the White House in 1984.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brandywine River Museum | Museum Day Venues | Smithsonian Magazine". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2009-09-28.
  2. ^ a b Times, SARAH E. MORAN, Special to the. "End of an era at Brandywine River Museum as longtime director Jim Duff retires". The Delaware County Daily Times. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  3. ^ Lamar, Andre (December 13, 2021). "Despite $8M in flood damage, Hagley and Brandywine River Museum still spread Christmas joy". The News Journal. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  4. ^ a b Logan, Virginia (December 5, 2021). "Open Call: Brandywine River Museum, recovering from flood, greets holiday season". The News Journal. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  5. ^ Critic, By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Contributing Art. "Famed artist Andrew Wyeth dies". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2021-02-23. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  6. ^ Mummert, Roger (2006-11-03). "Brandywine, a Valley of History, Nature and Art". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  7. ^ "The N.C. Wyeth House & Studio | Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art". www.brandywine.org. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  8. ^ "Kuerner Farm | Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art". www.brandywine.org. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  9. ^ "The Andrew Wyeth Studio | Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art". www.brandywine.org. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  10. ^ Media, Visit Delco PA Visit Delco PA 1501 N. Providence Rd. "Wildflower & Native Plant Gardens at the Brandywine River Museum of Art". Visit Delco PA. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  11. ^ "Philadelphia Museum of Art - Exhibitions - Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic". www.philamuseum.org. Retrieved 2021-08-18.

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Coordinates: 39°52′12″N 75°35′35″W / 39.8699°N 75.5930°W / 39.8699; -75.5930