Pictured above is a self portrait by Peter Hurd. It is set against the beautiful home of the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

In case you haven’t heard  – the beautiful lithography of artist Peter Hurd is currently featured in a new exhibit now on display at The Brandywine River Museum of Art.  
While Hurd is most famous for his paintings, his life and passion for art is also a lesson in turning life's lemons (in this case the Great Depression), into lemonade (finding a new style of art to keep his family fed.)

Peter Hurd was an American painter who lived and worked in San Patricio, New Mexico. He is equally acclaimed for his western landscapes and his portraits. He studied under the famous illustrator NC Wyeth and later married Wyeth’s eldest daughter, Henriette Wyeth, also an accomplished painter.  

He is noted for his experiments in egg tempera painting and particularly for introducing Andrew Wyeth to the medium which become his favorite!

The Windmill Crew by Peter Hurd
But in the 1930's, to support his young family during the Depression, Hurd taught himself the late 18th Century printmaking technique called lithography.

During this period, Hurd split his time between San Patricio, in his native New Mexico, and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, the family home of his wife, the artist Henriette Wyeth.

  • Though he worked on many of the prints in Pennsylvania, nearly all of them represent scenes of ranch life in New Mexico. 
  • The exhibition will feature twenty-four of Hurd’s rarely seen Southwestern lithographs, as well as a selection of his drawings and temperas of similar subjects from the same period which will provide unique insight into his artistic process. 

Shepherd Herders Christmas by Peter Hurd
The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art preserves art and the environment in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Conservancy preserves the land and water of the Brandywine watershed for the community through source water protection, farmland preservation, and work with local governments. The Museum of Art features an outstanding collection of American art housed in a nineteenth-century mill with a dramatic steel and glass addition overlooking the banks of the Brandywine. 

Hours:  Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
-$18 adults
-$15 seniors (65+)
-$6 students with ID and children ages 6-18
-Free for children ages five and under
-Free for members

Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
(610) 388-2700