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National Gallery adds an elusive Moran


Thomas Moran's The Juniata, Evening, 1864 (Courtesy: The National Gallery of Art)

By Jacqueline Trescott

The National Gallery of Art announced Friday the museum has added a second painting by Thomas Moran, the acclaimed 19th century landscape artist.

"The Juniata, Evening," an early landscape that has been in private hands since its completion in 1864, is noteworthy for its beautiful depiction of the Pennsylvania landscape and hadn't been exhibited publicly until the gallery's board of trustees approved the purchase and placed the landscape in the West Building.

Since a retrospective of Moran's work at the gallery in 1997 the curators have been searching for a representative work for the museum. "The Juniata, Evening... is the most important and the most beautiful of Moran's early landscapes to surface in decades," said Earl A. Powell III, the gallery's director.

Moran, who was born in England and raised in Philadelphia , studied the landscapes of J.M.W. Turner and adopted the English painters' approach to capturing nature. On a trip to the Juniata River, Moran painted the details of sunlight reflecting on the hills and a low stream. He also inserted an artist in the left corner who was painting the scene. Moran's work so stirred the politicians of the day that Yellowstone National Park was declared a national treasure by Congress.

The National Gallery also announced Friday its roster for its Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Working in the center's professorships for 2010-2011 are Joseph J. Rishel of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Carmen C. Bambach of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Victor I. Stoichita of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 8, 2010; 12:15 AM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums  | Tags:  D.C., art in washington, landscape painting, national gallery of art, thomas moran  
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