The Way Back with George A. Weymouth

03/28/2018     News and Film, Appraisal Services, Trusts and Estates

Now through the beginning of June, the work of artist George A. Weymouth (1936-2016) will be exhibited at The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford. Weymouth, a renowned environmentalist, famed coachman and founder and chairman of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, began painting as a teenager and continued throughout a long life at his 18th century Chadds Ford home, dubbed “Big Bend.”“Frolic,” as he was affectionately known since childhood (after a family pet), was a scion of the DuPont family, and held deep family roots in—and an abiding love of—the Brandywine River Valley, whose natural beauty and artistic legacy he championed in both his paintings and his charitable works.Known for landscapes and portraits, Weymouth 's artistic talents attracted the likes of Luciano Pavorotti, Martha Stewart and H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose portrait Weymouth painted in 1995. This seminal exhibition brings together 65 of Weymouth 's most important works, many of which still reside in family and private hands.The pieces are fairly divided between landscapes and portraits, with a few animal and genre paintings and drawings. Weymouth 's large-scale portraits, often of family or friends, were rarely created on commission and exemplify what has been called Weymouth 's “sympathetic psychological eye.”In a film at the exhibition 's entrance, the artist states, “The person is so much more important than your painting of them.” Next to many works, the museum has placed compositional “sketches.” Some are preparatory while others are fully rendered, very fine watercolors, creating a unique opportunity to discover the breadth of Weymouth 's artistic vision. Greatly influenced by friend and mentor, Andrew Wyeth, a close affinity can be felt between the two kindred spirits.The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue published by the Brandywine River Museum of Art and Rizzoli/Skira. The catalogue features an introduction by former curator of European Paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Joseph Rishel, who also selected works featured in the exhibition. Rishel 's essay celebrates his long friendship with Weymouth and explicates both his bon vivant personality and many achievements, as an artist, philanthropist and leader in conservation. In addition, the catalogue includes a major essay by Annette Blaugrund, noted art historian and former director of the National Academy of Design. Blaugrund provides insight into Weymouth 's connection to the Brandywine tradition and contribution of his own artistic vision. The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth runs at the Brandywine River Museum through June 3, 2018. Interested in more thoughts and advice from Freeman 's regarded Trusts & Estates and Appraisals experts? Sign up for the Business Bulletin and stay up-to-date regarding estate planning—from art and collectible market trends, to fiduciary responsibility and personal property appraisal issues and updates.Subscribe Today