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Two 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 the museum.

“Every 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.”

Henry’s 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.

Henry 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 advisory board.

The 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.

The 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.

For details, call the museum at (434) 924-3592, or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

Photographs and slides are available.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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