September 30, 2014

The Home and Art of N.C Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth

In one of my art history classes I took for my degree, I fell in love with Andrew Wyeth's work. All his painting have such a beautiful haunting quality about them. I don't know if I can actually put into words just how I feel about his paintings. For some reason they really speak to me and I can stare at them forever! I hadn't realized that this national treasure was so close by to where my dad lives. When we were asked if we wanted to go here on one of our days visiting, I tried to not jump up and down like an excited kid!! Um, Yes I would like to go there!!!   The name of the museum is called Brandywine River Museum. The museum houses N.C Wyeth, Andrew's father, Andrew Wyeth, and James Wyeth's art. There  are also tours that take you to N.C Wyeth's home and studio, and also Andrew's studio. Loved the house! N.C. and his wife raised 5 children in this three bedroom home. The stories that the guide told us were wonderful and while you are standing in the home, you can envision 5 rambunctious children running around. I have always been fascinated by this family and the wealth of talent. I would have to say though that Andrew's work remains my favorite, and I would go so far as to say that he is my favorite American artist. The first paintings that are posted are N.C. Wyeth's illustrations for books like Treasure Island. There were not a lot of Andrew's that you could take photos of, especially the one that I really loved. The portrait of the older gentleman is N.C. After that painting, is a painting of Jamie Wyeth, Andrew's son that Andrew painted. I loved that one! I didn't get to snap any photos of Jamie's work, but all three generations have paintings in this museum. Next time I visit my dad, I hope I get to see Andrew's studio. We ran out of time to see both.  While wandering around the gift shop of the museum, I spotted a very large print of the painting that I loved, that was signed and dated by Andrew. Too bad it was $10,000 :( I settled for a 11x14 matted print of it though.  Next post I'll share some photos of my dad's new cool/old house.

September 26, 2014

Pennsylvania Part 2

 Get ready for an explosion of the coolest vintage kitchen wears! Eye candy times 20!

The first few pictures are of the Barnes Foundation museum. These are the four pictures that I managed to get before I got in trouble hahaha.  You can see how unusual the display is at least. The documentary that I mentioned and linked in my last post, is really worth a watch if you love art and museums. The collection was mainly Renoir, Cezanne, with an occasional Van Gough and other notable artists like El Greco. The walls had a really cool burlap wall treatment, that highlighted the metal work and made it very warm and inviting. It was like being in someones home looking at their art collection.  I could spend hours in a museum, I think that is why I'm a member to all the big ones in San Francisco, so that I can go there over and over again and visit my favorite paintings.  My dad is an artist, and we have fun going to museums when ever we are together.
The following day we hung out at my dad's house and then had lunch in a charming town near by called Lambertville. It is know for all it's antique stores, which we wandered around in. The next day we ended up in Hopewell New Jersey at the "Tomato Factory." OMG I could not get enough of this vendors collection. It was impressive, beautiful, dust free for how much was in there and just pure eye candy. The woman,who was the shop keeper, laughed when she heard me say, "I really want to be this guy's friend." She wrote his name on the back of a card (Fritz Karch), and it wasn't until I just now googled this guys name, as I type this post, that I discovered who he is!!! Check this video out! Of course I would love his collection. I can always spot quality! I'm so glad now that I bought something from his stall! Now if I want something from here, I can ask my step-mom to look for me :)
The weather was so beautiful the day we walked around my dads town, and I snapped a few photos near his home. I can't say it enough....I LOVE all the old homes on the east coast! Everything in my town is too new :(  Tomorrow I'll do my Wyeth post, so come check it out.