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American Art

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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