The product of one of America’s richest artistic dynasties, Jamie Wyeth is contemporary American realist painter. He is the son of Andrew Wyeth, among the country's most popular painters, & the grandson of Newell Convers Wyeth, famous for his distinctive illustrations for the classic novels by Stevenson, Cooper & Scott. Jamie Wyeth has painted important portraits of everyone from President John F. Kennedy to Andy Warhol.
Rudolf Nureyev is widely regarded as the greatest male ballet dancer of his generation.
Wyeth first met Nureyev in New York City in 1974. Wyeth was instantly intrigued with the dancer, & eventually convinced Nureyev to pose for him in 1977. Wyeth focused primarily on personality traits, or the dancer’s face & body structure, as opposed to ballet movements. ''I did not paint him because he was a great ballet dancer,'' Mr. Wyeth said. ''I thought he was extraordinary-looking. He just had this magnetism, this amazing presence.''
We are pleased to offer the opportunity to own a portrait from this extraordinary series. "Three-Quarter Figure, Study for Portrait of Rudolf Nureyev (Study #91)."
Provenance: Purchased from the Coe Kerr Gallery, New York, New York, in the early 1990s.
Exhibition history: In 1978, this portrait was featured in an exhibition titled, "Jamie Wyeth: Recent Works" at the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio.
In 2002, this portrait participated in the travelling exhibition "Capturing Nureyev" which visited The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The New York Public Library for the Performing Art Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center, The Farnsworth Art Museum & The Brandywine River Museum.