Art After Hours: N. C. Wyeth

Art After Hours: N. C. Wyeth

N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Tapping up and down the road in a frenzy, and groping and calling for his comrades (detail), 1911, oil on canvas, 47 x 38 inches. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection.

If you’ve lived in Maine for any amount of time, chances are you’re aware of the name “N. C. Wyeth” as somewhat akin to Mount Katahdin—a regional landmark that is unassailable, ageless, and intrinsically intertwined with the area since a time dating back before many current state residents were born. Those with even a passing knowledge of American art immediately recognize the name as an avatar for a particular mode of nostalgia-steeped illustration. But what do we really know about N. C. Wyeth, the artist and the man?

Contemporaries members can discover much more about the complicated career of Wyeth at this special Art After Hours with curator and deputy director Jessica May, as she goes beyond the derivative imaginings of a grandfatherly storybook illustrator and into a long overdue reassessment of a complex and brilliant artist.

Discover a 21st-century perspective of an artist you only thought you knew.

Thursday, December 12
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Free for Contemporaries

R.S.V.P. to Savannah Fields, Events and Stewardship Assistant at (207) 775-6148 ext. 3225 or


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