Public Sale (painting)

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Public Sale
Andrew Wyeth Public Sale.jpg
ArtistAndrew Wyeth
MediumTempera on panel
Dimensions56 cm × 122 cm (22 in × 48 in)
LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Public Sale is a 1943 painting by the American artist Andrew Wyeth. It shows two men by a car and in the distance a crowd of people outside a farm building. The event depicted is the forced auction of a farm after the farmer's wife had died.[1]

The painting belongs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 2000. As of 2016, it is currently not on view.[2]


Ken Johnson of The New York Times singled the painting out as unusual in Wyeth's oeuvre because it "evinces social consciousness", something that otherwise is absent from the artist's works and makes him different from his contemporary Norman Rockwell. Johnson, reviewing a Wyeth exhibition in 2006, likened Public Sale to "an understated Thomas Hart Benton painting".[3]


  1. ^ "Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic". Philadelphia Museum of Art. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "Public Sale". Philadelphia Museum of Art. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Johnson, Ken (April 18, 2006). "'Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic' at the Philadelphia Museum of Art". The New York Times. Retrieved July 27, 2016.