Glenn Holsten's film on famed painter debuts on PBS September 7
PBS has revealed the trailer for its upcoming American Masters documentary on Andrew Wyeth, promising "the most complete portrait of the artist yet."
Glenn Holsten directed the film, which will debut on public television stations Friday, September 7 (it becomes available for streaming the following day and will be released on DVD September 11). Wyeth: The Life of Andrew Wyeth in Bold Strokes documents the career of Wyeth (1917-2009), who gained acclaim at a young age and created one of the most iconic of American paintings, "Christina's World," in 1948.
"While Wyeth’s exhibitions routinely broke attendance records, art world critics continually assaulted his work," PBS said in a statement. "Detailing the stunning drawings and powerful portraits he created in Chadds Ford, Pa. and on the coast of Cushing, Maine, Wyeth explores his inspirations, including neighbor Christina Olsen and his hidden muse, the German model Helga Testorf, who he painted secretly for 15 years."
PBS noted the film benefitted from "unprecedented access to Wyeth’s family members, including sons Jamie and Nicholas Wyeth, and never-before-seen archival materials from the family’s personal collection and hundreds of Wyeth’s studies, drawings and paintings."
Click below to watch the trailer:
The Wyeth documentary is one of a four-part American Masters series PBS is calling Artists Flight. Fellow subjects include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eva Hesse and Elizabeth Murray.
The long-running American Masters is celebrating its latest Emmy nomination for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, a category it shares with BBC America's Blue Planet II, HBO's The Defiant Ones, the Netflix series Wild Wild Country and Showtime's The Fourth Estate.
Watch a teaser for the Artists Flight series here:
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