My Visit to the Brandywine River Museum

Christine Crowley By Christine Crowley, 13th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1rnyg7l9/
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The beautiful Brandywine River Museum is located right on the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The current exhibit is a Jamie Wyeth/Rockwell Kent exhibit of paintings done on Monhegan Island, Maine.

My Visit to the Brandywine River Museum

If you are ever in the Chester County area, a visit to the Brandywine River Museum is a must. Founded by the Wyeth family - N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth - it is a tribute to all local artists. The Wyeth family have a farm in Chadds Ford and homes in Maine. Another museum in Rockport, Maine, has a large collection of Wyeth paintings also.

I was particular interested in the Monhegan Island paintings as I had visited the island many years ago and loved its rugged beauty. Located 22 miles off the coast of Maine it is inhabited year-round by seventy-five people. In the summer the artist colony swells and painters with their easels can be seen all over the island.

Rockwell Kent built a house on Monhegan in the early 1900's. Known as Kent House, this exhibit has several paintings by Jamie Wyeth of this house. One painting of his drew me in - the boulders in the painting looked so realistic I wanted to reach out and touch them.

A murder mystery is entwined in this exhibit also. Rockwell Kent painted a dark picture of the cliffs of Monhegan and the ocean with a figure of a woman falling off the high cliff. In the early 1950's, Rockwell Kent had a houseguest - a woman who sometimes modeled for him. She disappeared and her body was found many miles from the island three weeks later. It was determined she died from a blunt force trauma to her head. All of the evidence pointed to a friend of Rockwell Kent. Mr. Kent left the island in 1953 and never returned. His paintings live on to tell the tale of Monhegan and its magic.

Many years later Jamie Wyeth - after his first successful one-man show - purchased the Kent House on Monhegan Island. It is still known at the Kent House.

Jamie Wyeth and Rockwell Kent never met but their paintings comprise a wonderful exhibit of this little island in the Atlantic.

I hope you get to see this exhibit. It truly is wonderful!

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Art Museums, Brandywine River Museum, Jamie Wyeth, Museums, Rockwell Kent, Wyeth, Wyeth Museum

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Nov 2013 (#)

a lovely page indeed Christine...thank you..

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author avatar Christine Crowley
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Hi, Carolyn, glad you enjoyed it. Monhegan is a very special place.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Nov 2013 (#)

I love the museum in Rockport...I have Wyeth prints I hang throughout my house- I change them to suit the seasons' mood...they touch the heart of my home in so many ways...they touch my soul...great article thanks Christine...I buy the Wyeth prints unframed and frame them myself...a way to enjoy such beauty even on my budget..;0)

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author avatar Christine Crowley
14th Nov 2013 (#)

Wow, Delicia - you frame them youself! That is neat. Glad you enjoy Wyeth prints as much as I do.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Nice post

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author avatar Christine Crowley
17th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you, Fern.

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