Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917-2009),
watercolor on paper, 21 11/16 x 30 in.; 55.08 x 76.2 cm
Museum purchase, 1960.271
Historically, many artists depicted nature through scenic vistas. Wyeth, by contrast, sought to capture the character of terrain from a more intimate perspective. His subjects, both human and landscape, are derived from personal experiences in and around his residences in Chadds Ford, a small town just outside of Philadelphia, and Maine’s pastoral midcoast region. Half Bushel stems from the artist’s many memories of sun-dappled days in the apple orchard on his father’s property. Devoid of reference to any specific geographic locale, Wyeth’s rich, russet work calls to mind the sensation of a crisp autumn day.