Andrew Wyeth is perhaps best known for his realistic landscapes of two areas he knows intimately: Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley and Cushing, Maine. He is equally recognized as a portraitist who paints only his friends. Sea Boots is a portrait of sorts, characterizing Maine lobsterman Walt Anderson, one of the artist's closest friends; the boots depicted belong to Anderson. Working in his favorite medium of tempera on panel, and with his painstaking attention to detail and meticulous brushwork, Wyeth gives the painting a remarkable verisimilitude.
Artist Andrew Wyeth, American, 1917 - 2009
  • Sea Boots
Date 1976
Medium tempera on Masonite
Dimensions Unframed: 29 × 19 3/4 inches (73.7 × 50.2 cm)
Framed: 34 5/8 × 25 3/8 × 1 3/4 inches (87.9 × 64.5 × 4.4 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. James A. Beresford
Accession Number 77.12
Department Contemporary Art after 1950
On View Modern N2EE, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower left: Andrew Wyeth
1977-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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