New York Auction November, 2021
Excursion Boats, Monhegan is a beautiful example of Jamie Wyeth’s approach to storytelling. Influenced by his father, Andrew and his grandfather, N.C., Jamie Wyeth embraces his American style in this gorgeous visage of his wife, Phyllis, in a wicker chair. signed “J. WYETH” lower left; mixed media on paper, mounted to board 25 1/4 x 36 5/8 in. (64.1 x 93 cm). Executed in 1982, this work is included in the database of the artist’s work being compiled by the Wyeth Center at the William A. Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine. A portrait of the artist’s beloved wife, Phyllis, Excursion Boats, Monhegan is an intimate portrayal of Jamie Wyeth’s summers spent on Monhegan Island in Maine. Acquired just a year after it was created in 1983, Excursion Boats is a masterful example of Wyeth’s enigmatic, narrative approach to painting. One of a handful of works featuring Phyllis as muse, this work has been extensively exhibited, signifying its importance in the artist’s body of work. Notably, it was included in the seminal exhibition organized by the Brandywine River Museum, An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art, which traveled internationally from Russia to Washington, D.C., to Tokyo and Milan, and back to Chadds Ford, the artist’s hometown.