Andrew Wyeth

NEVER-SEEN ANDREW WYETH PHOTO ARCHIVE AND ORIGINAL WORKS TO SELL AT AUCTION

Images of a young Andrew Wyeth, painting casually in his studio before gaining worldwide fame, were taken by a trusted friend

To be offered at auction on June 16, 2022
Browse the full catalog here.

CINCINNATI (May 25, 2022) — Newly-discovered photos of famed American painter Andrew Wyeth working in his Chadds Ford, PA studio will be auctioned off in Cincinnati on June 16, 2022.

The photo negatives, along with four original Wyeth works, were recently unearthed by the family of Newton O. Belt (1899-1989), Wyeth’s friend and Pennsylvania neighbor during the 1950’s and early 1960’s. An engineer by trade, Belt was a hobbyist photographer and artist. He befriended Wyeth after a job relocation landed him as an immediate next door neighbor.

Wyeth allowed his friend unprecedented access to document the creative process within the converted schoolhouse, which Wyeth occupied in 1940 and worked until his death in 2009. The studio is now preserved by the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

The early images, numbering in excess of 100, show in vivid detail unscripted and unstaged scenes such as the following: Wyeth working on notable in-progress paintings; Wyeth interacting with and painting one of his favorite and most well-documented models and friends, Ben Loper; scenes from inside the Wyeth studio; images of Wyeth’s son Jamie and other family members; Wyeth posing in front of finished paintings; and more.

Along with the photography, also to be auctioned are four original works by Wyeth. All were gifted to Belt from Wyeth.

Most notable is a landscape oriented sketch of a man in repose, frequent Wyeth model Tom Clark (died 1962). Clark was a farmer and fellow resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Wyeth and Clark were friends far beyond the artist-model relationship, Wyeth having written at one point about Clark the following: “His voice is gentle, hit wit keen, and his wisdom enormous.”

This work is one of more than 50 watercolors and pencil drawings Wyeth made of Clark in or around 1960. The series of studies, with Clark in varying poses of rest or contemplation, amounted to the groundwork for the Wyeth masterpiece “That Gentleman,” (Dallas Museum of Art) which features the side profile of a seated Clark in a dimly lit setting.

Three smaller additional works will be auctioned as part of the archive. The selection shows the breadth of Wyeth’s mastery of the art form. Included is a landscape watercolor scene, an oil-watercolor work of a tree with a figure in the background, and an ink sketch of a man carrying a pine tree.

All works to be sold without reserve.

High Resolution Imagery can be found here

About the Sale

Both works will be auctioned on 16 June 2022 by Caza Sikes auction house, based in Cincinnati, OH, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. 

Bidders can bid on the Caza Sikes website, mobile app, Live Auctioneers, Invaluable or by phone/absentee. Bidders must be registered via one of the aforementioned platforms. Prospective phone bidders can register by emailing info@cazasikes.com or calling +1.513.818.9527 during normal business hours.

About Caza Sikes

We’re appraisers and auctioneers of fine art and antiques of all genres and eras. Our company was formed in 2017 but the founders have cumulative decades of experience working for and with the largest players in the industry. 

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"Andy at Work" | Digital scan taken from a negative in Lot 87
“Andy at Work” | Digital scan taken from a negative in Lot 87
Sketch of Tom Clark | Lot 91 | Est. $15,000 - $25,000
Sketch of Tom Clark | Lot 91 | Est. $15,000 – $25,000
Watercolor | Lot 90 | Est. $3,000 - $5,000
Watercolor | Lot 90 | Est. $3,000 – $5,000
Photo negative | Part of Lot 87
Photo negative | Part of Lot 87