To coincide with the exhibition Wyeth. Andrew and Jamie in the Studio, the Museum is presenting an exhibition of French photographer Joséphine Douet who, during the course of a month, followed the American realist painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), photographing the places and motifs that inspired him in his native city of Chadds Ford (Pennsylvania, USA) from a new vantage point.
“I have constructed close and profound relationship with the people of Chadds Ford”, Douet explains, “and also with Andrew Wyeth’s former models, sharing amazing moments with Helga, his secret muse for fifteen years.”
Douet’s decision to create a photographic survey of this small American city can be seen as an artistic challenge based on her admiration for the artist, who has always been one of her key reference points. Douet set out to capture the mystery and essence of Wyeth’s work, walking around the hills near Chadds Ford and portraying its current inhabitants. Coexisting alongside these people and places allowed the photographer to obtain a new perspective on the artist, while also creating her own, intimate mood of the scenes depicted.
The 27 photographs by Douet in the exhibition thus offer a recreation of Wyeth’s output as well as a variation on it, given that both the vision of the everyday offered by these two artists and the secrets that they reveal in their works are different.
The Secret Sits, Wyeth’s Wonderland
From March 1st to June 19th, 2016
Paseo del Prado, 8