on view through March 15 at the Brandywine Art Museum
Over his remarkable seven-decade career, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) created thousands of drawings in pencil and watercolor, a body of work that he rarely exhibited. The drawings in this exhibition provide a fascinating glimpse into his creative process. As these sketches show, Wyeth focused in with raw energy on aspects of the composition—isolating each element, whether a human figure or a tree—and distilling its essence. The drawings—made quickly in comparison to the time-intensive medium of tempera paintings in which he excelled—allowed him an important degree of spontaneity.