Jamie Wyeth

April 25–July 5, 2015


This exhibition is generously funded by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992.

 The National Tour is sponsored by Bank of America.

 This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.


Jamie Wyeth
Portrait of John F. Kennedy 1967
Oil on canvas
40.6 x 73.7 cm (16 x 29 in.)
Partial gift of Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth and partial purchase from the Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund, Emily L. Ainsley Fund, and Robert Jordan Fund, 2014.996
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Photography © 2014 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cowden Gallery

Born in 1946 into a famous family of artists—including his grandfather, Newell Convers “N.C.” Wyeth (1882–1945); his father, Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009); and his aunt, Carolyn Wyeth (1909–1994)—Jamie Wyeth has followed his own path, training with his aunt Carolyn after leaving school at age 11, studying anatomy in a New York City morgue, and working in The Factory, Andy Warhol’s New York studio.

Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Jamie Wyeth examines the artist’s imaginative approach to realism over the course of six decades in the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist. The exhibition will include approximately 100 paintings, works on paper, illustrations, and assemblages created by the artist—many in a range of “combined mediums,” his preferred term for the distinctive technique he brings to his compositions. The exhibition will feature Wyeth’s portraits of subjects such as his wife, Phyllis Wyeth; John F. Kennedy (commissioned by family members after his death); Rudolf Nureyev; and Andy Warhol, which will be shown alongside a selection of preparatory drawings and studies that offer a window into the artist’s immersive approach to portraiture. The exhibition will also feature landscapes of the worlds Wyeth inhabits in the Brandywine River Valley (between Pennsylvania and Delaware) and the Midcoast of Maine; still lifes of pumpkins (a fascination from his youth); and portraits of the many animals and birds that are part of his family and surroundings.