Friday, March 4, 2011

"Green River Cliffs Wyoming" by Thomas Moran acquired by National Gallery of Art in D.C.

From the Billings Gazette:

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.

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