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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

Artists throughout time have been inspired by the past. Andrew Wyeth filled his compositions with hidden metaphors and symbols that explore common themes of memory, nostalgia, and loss.

Here, two antique coats hang in the artist’s studio, seemingly in silent conversation. The work evokes a haunted past and an elusive present full of longing and potential. Wyeth inherited the coats—which had belonged to the famous Quaker artist Howard Pyle—from his father, artist N.C. Wyeth, and maintained them throughout his life.

Credit

Gift of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth

Image Copyright

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