Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)
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Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

Below the Kitchen

Details
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)
Below the Kitchen
signed 'Andrew Wyeth' (lower left)
drybrush and watercolor on paper laid down on paper
23 x 17 ¾ in. (58.4 x 45.1 cm.)
Executed in 1960.
Provenance
M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York.
Acquired by the late owners from the above, 1961.
Literature
R. Meryman, Andrew Wyeth, Boston, Massachusetts, 1968, pp. 63, 171, illustrated.
B.J. Wyeth, Wyeth at Kuerners, Boston, Massachusetts, 1976, pp. 158-59, illustrated.
T. Hoving, "Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth: 'Kuerners and Olsons,'" The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. XXXIV, Autumn 1976, no. 23, illustrated.
J. Barnitz, et al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection: Art of the Western Hemisphere, vol. II, New York, 1988, pp. 159-60, no. 79, illustrated.
Exhibited
Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum; New York, Pierpont Morgan Library; Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art; Rockland, Maine, William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Andrew Wyeth: Dry Brush and Pencil Drawings, January 16-September 2, 1963, no. 58, illustrated.
Wallingford, Connecticut, The Choate School, January 3-February 1, 1965.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 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 5, 1966-June 4, 1967, p. 76, no. 148.
Middlebury, Vermont, Middlebury College, Middlebury Collects, May 1-June 1, 1973.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth: Kuerners and Olsons, October 16, 1976-February 6, 1977, no. 23, illustrated.
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Please note this work is signed 'Andrew Wyeth' at lower left.

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This work will be included in Betsy James Wyeth’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.


Andrew Wyeth painted the present work in the basement at Karl Kuerner's in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The artist depicts an arch in Kuerner's cellar, which supports the kitchen fireplace above, with a smoked ham and side of bacon hanging from a ceiling hook.

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