CHADDS FORD—Andrew Wyeth's famous work, Oliver’s Cap, is being offered at Christie’s American Art sale on Nov. 20, . The artwork depicts the artist’s hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The painting is from the Ron and Diane Disney Miller Collection, which will benefit causes close to the family’s heart through the late couple’s eponymous charitable fund.
Andrew Wyeth’s Oliver’s Cap (estimate: $3, million to $5 million) is an enigmatic painting, characteristic of his greatest works in its realization of a distinct, delicate balance, being at once both intensely complex and intimate. Painted in 1981, on the surface Oliver’s Cap may appear as a simple, traditional, American portrayal of a rural country scene.
With Oliver’s Cap, Wyeth achieves a mysterious detachment from his subject while effectively communicating an intimate personal narrative, a quiet, pervasive tension, and sense of anticipation.
Wyeth considered the present work intensely personal, stating in a letter, “I want you to know the egg tempera painting you have, titled ‘Oliver’s Cap’ I consider one of my very richest (sic) and most personal pictures.”
The auction also includes other works from Andrew Wyeth and his father N.C. Wyeth, many of which drew on immediate surroundings including their hometown of Chadds Ford.