New Gifts On Display At The University Of Virginia Art Museum
November 12, 2002--
A sculpture by 21st-century British artist Sean Henry and
a painting by 19th-century painter Thomas Moran are on view at the
University of Virginia Art Museum. The works are recent gifts to
year, the museum collections grow stronger, thanks to the generosity
of individuals near and far,” said Jill Hartz, museum director.
“The Sean Henry piece strengthens our holdings of three-dimensional
art and joins a wonderful collection of 20th-century figurative
work. The beautiful Thomas Moran painting shows the early promise
of the major American Impressionist.”
sculpture, “Ben (Ideas Resolved),” which was created
in 2001, is on view on the museum’s second-floor landing.
The hand-painted bronze sculpture is slightly smaller than full-scale,
yet Henry’s technique results in a life-like figure that seems
to occupy the real world.
has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe, including
the Royal Festival Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London;
Glasgow Art Fair, Scotland; Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney, Australia;
and Art Miami, Florida. The work was a gift from Ruth and Robert
Cross. Ruth Cross is a Charlottesville member of the museum’s
second work, a gift from Californian Gil Michaels, is an early painting
by Moran titled “On the Catawissa Creek”. In this painting,
dated 1862, the pastoral setting is reminiscent of the early work
of the 19th-century American landscape painter George Inness. The
trees in the background frame the composition, and the cows in the
foreground add a tranquil tone to the subject matter. Located in
Columbia County, Pa., about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia,
the Catawissa Creek winds through the Catawissa and Buck mountains.
Moran is known for his monumental paintings of the Western landscape,
and his later works inspired Congress to create Yellowstone Park.
University of Virginia Art Museum is free and open to the public
Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. Parking is available behind
the museum, which is handicapped accessible.
details, call the museum at (434) 924-3592, or visit the Web site
and slides are available.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298