Bowdoin Museum’s Wyeth Painting in Shelburne Exhibition (Wall Street Journal)

Andrew Newell Wyeth, American, 1917-2009. Night Hauling,1944, tempera on Masonite.  Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. Gift of Mrs. Ernestine K. Smith, in memory of her husband, Burwell B. Smith. © Andrew Wyeth. Digital photography by Peter Siegel.

Andrew Newell Wyeth, American, 1917-2009. Night Hauling,1944, tempera on Masonite. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. Gift of Mrs. Ernestine K. Smith, in memory of her husband, Burwell B. Smith. © Andrew Wyeth. Digital photography by Peter Siegel.

The 1944 Andrew Wyeth painting “Night Hauling,” owned by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, is causing a stir at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, where it is currently featured in an exhibition called “Wyeth Vertigo.” Described in The Wall Street Journal as the show’s most memorable work, Wyeth’s eery painting depicts a poacher pulling up a lobster trap in the dead of night, lit only by the glow of tiny, bioluminescent creatures in the water.

Andrew Wyeth was the most famous member of a three-generation dynasty of artists, beginning with his father N. C. Wyeth and continuing today through his son Jamie Wyeth. “Wyeth Vertigo” features works from all three family members.

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  1. Ellen Brewster says:

    There must be some mistake. “Night Hauling” by Wyeth hung over our family’s mantle until very recently when, alas, it was sold by a family member who inherited it and it was subsequently donated to the Denver Art Museum. The painting above is not the “Night Hauling” painted by Andrew Wyeth, a family friend and young painter. My grandparents purchased it and one other Wyeth in 1939 at a small exhibition in a shop in Boston. Fortunately, my New England cousin treasures it and the second watercolor remains in the family.

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