This year, the Brandywine River Museum of Art celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, acknowledging a period of extraordinary innovation and growth. Capping the anniversary year is this survey of recent additions to the permanent collection. Recent Acquisitions includes works of art acquired by purchase, donation, or promised gift. These works speak to both the Museum’s past and future, building upon the founders’ aspirations and positioning the institution for the next half-century.
Included in Recent Acquisitions is N. C. Wyeth’s masterful tempera painting Island Funeral (1939), gift of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Andrew Wyeth is represented by three watercolors—Master of the Hounds (1949) depicting local horseman Gilbert Mather, also a gift from the du Pont Company; The Pirates (1939), a delightful fantasy acquired through the Museum Volunteers’ Purchase Fund; and Murlanda (1996), a portrait of the Wyeths’ long-time friend and collection manager Mary Landa, a gift of Dr. Robert Baker. Newly acquired work by Jamie Wyeth spans his career; from a portrait of Deo du Pont Weymouth done in 1964, the gift of the sitter’s grandson McCoy du Pont Weymouth; to the recently completed portraits of Andy Warhol (First in the Screen Door Sequence, 2015), gift of George A. Weymouth; and of George A. Weymouth (Frolic, 2017), the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert V. Kohler, Jr.
(Photo: N. C. Wyeth, Island Funeral, 1939, tempera and oil on hardboard panel, Gift of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, 2017)