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Study for The Quaker

American Art
painting
Study for The Quaker

Artist/Maker

Andrew Wyeth
American, 1917–2009

Date

1975

Medium

Watercolor on paper

Accession #

2006.60

Dimensions

33 × 41 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

In an austere, sun-streaked room—the artist’s studio—two antique coats, seemingly in silent conversation with one another, grace a cold hearth. The oblique view from the window reveals a prototypical Andrew Wyeth landscape, the glinting windowpanes and ominous tree branches outlining a well-worn path. In keeping with Wyeth’s strongest imagery, the work evokes a haunted past and elusive present full of longing and potential. The historical coats, which the artist identifies as Quaker and “fop” costumes, at left and right, respectively, belonged to the famous Quaker artist Howard Pyle. Wyeth inherited the coats from his father and continued to maintain them throughout his life.

Credit

Gift of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth

Image Copyright

© 2015 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York