Friday, March 4, 2011
The National Gallery of Art in Washington has acquired the celebrated landscape painting "Green River Cliffs, Wyoming" by 19th-century American artist Thomas Moran.
The painting goes on view Friday and will remain in a special installation through June. It is a gift of collector Vern Milligan and his two children.
"Green River" was featured in a 1997 retrospective of Moran's work at the gallery. Milligan purchased the painting at auction in 1994 for $2.7 million.
Gallery Director Earl A. Powell III says the museum was lacking a grand, panoramic view of the American West.
Moran completed the work 10 years after his first trip west in 1871. His work has been increasing in value in recent years. A 1878 Moran piece sold for $17.7 million in 2008.