For over thirty years Somerville Manning Gallery has specialized in paintings by the Wyeth family. The American and European Masters exhibition continues to follow the artworks of N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth and the artists of their eras. Returning to a theme so successfully received, the gallery has extended the American masters collection to include some European masters such as Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who were inspirations for many Americans at the beginning of the 20th century. The show of original paintings explores over 100 years of masters in the American and European art world.
Along with paintings by N.C. Wyeth, will be works by American impressionists, Maurice Prendergast, Mary Cassatt, Robert Lewis Reid, and Jane Peterson. Landscape paintings by Charles Burchfield and Georgia O’Keefe are included as well as masters Frederic Remington and John Singer Sargent, among others.
A highlight of the exhibition is a major work by English artist David Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, Esteban Vicente, and the father of abstract expressionist, Hans Hofmann, will coincide with the Post-War period in which Andrew Wyeth was exploring realism. American Pop artist, Tom Wesselmann and Alexander Calder will also be featured along side sculpture by Kinetic artist George Rickey. Several great works by Jamie Wyeth and Wolf Kahn conclude the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. The exhibition includes other works from many important American schools and traditions that transition from realism to abstraction.