Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Additions to the VMFA's American Art Collection

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired the Marsden Hartley painting "Franconia Notch," which arguably represents the crowning jewel of the VMFA's American art collection. The painting highlights work by one of the most important American artists from the first half of the twentieth century.

"Franconia Notch" was part of a $2.85 million purchase in May that also included "The Judgment of Paris" by Walter McEwen and "Autumn Fruit and Flowers" by Lilian Westcott Hale. All three paintings were purchased through the J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art. All three paintings are now installed for public viewing.

The Hartley painting is oil on canvas and depicts the White Mountains and rivers of New Hampshire. Hartley is the quintessential 20th century American artist whose contemporaries included Georgia O'Keeffe and Arthur Dove. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is just a short walk from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument