The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Thomas Moran's Early Landscape of Juniata Valley, Pa, is Acquired by National Gallery of Art
Thomas Moran, (American, 1837–1926), The Juniata, Evening, 1864. Oil on canvas, 50.8 x 76.2 cm (20 x 30 in) National Gallery of Art, Washington. Gift of Max and Heidi Berry and Ann and Mark Kington/The Kington Foundation.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, voted last week to acquire The Juniata, Evening, an exceptional painting done in 1864 by American artist Thomas Moran (1837-1926). Purchased from a private collection with funds from Max and Heidi Berry and Ann and Mark Kington/The Kington Foundation, the Pennsylvania landscape has never been exhibited publicly. It is the second painting by Moran to enter the Gallery's collection; the first is The Much Resounding Sea (1884).

"Since 1997, when the Gallery hosted a Moran retrospective, we have actively searched for superior examples of Moran's work," said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. "The Juniata, Evening, unknown to us at the time of the retrospective, is the most important and the most beautiful of Moran's early landscapes to surface in decades."

The Juniata, Evening is a rare example of the eastern landscapes that Moran produced before he traveled to the American West in 1871. Commissioned by a Philadelphia banker and railroad executive, the painting has remained in private hands since it was completed in 1864.

Born in Bolton, England and raised in Philadelphia, Thomas Moran returned to his homeland in 1862 to study works by the artist he revered above all others—J.M.W. Turner. For several months, he retraced Turner's path through England and France, sketching the landscapes that had inspired the English master. Steeped in the writings of John Ruskin, Turner's early champion, Moran returned to Philadelphia and began producing a series of stunningly beautiful landscapes of the Pennsylvania countryside. Taking to heart Turner's example and Ruskin's advice to "study nature carefully and reproduce her wonders accurately," Moran spent weeks sketching in the forests surrounding Philadelphia.

In the summer of 1864 Moran ventured farther, traveling by rail to the Juniata River valley in central Pennsylvania. The Juniata River, a major tributary of the Susquehanna, wound through lush meadows and steep sandstone cliffs. Moran's painting of the valley is filled with closely observed detail: grazing sheep, farm dwellings, distant smoke, a lone traveler, and, most remarkably, a foreground vignette of an artist, possibly a self-portrait, with a painting on his easel duplicating the scene before the viewer.

Today's News

October 13, 2010

Landmark Exhibition "Venice: Canaletto and His 18th-Century Rivals" at the National Gallery

Exhibition of New Installations, Light Works, Sculptures and Prints by James Turrell at Gagosian

LACMA Debuts World.Class European Costume Acquisition with Fashioning Fashion

North Sea Paintings by Distinguished Artist John Virtue on View at Marlborough Fine Art

National Gallery in London Invites Contemporary Artist Clive Head to Display His Work

New and Key Past Works in First Show by Marina Abramović on View at Lisson Gallery

Important Photographic Archive Acquired for Birmingham Central Library

Personal Collection of Elton John's Mother Sheila Farebrother Offered to Music Fans Around the Globe

Sotheby’s Announces the Inaugural Sale of Important Russian Art in New York

Navy Birthplace in Dispute; Five Communities Claim to Be the Navy's Birthplace

Thomas Moran's Early Landscape of Juniata Valley, Pa, is Acquired by National Gallery of Art

Galerie St. Etienne Shows Works by Max Beckmann's Student, Marie-Louise Motesiczky

Norman Dilworth's First Solo Show in Britain in Almost 30 Years Opens at Laurent Delaye

Ex-Getty Curator Trafficking Trial Ends in Italy

Sotheby's Launches App for iPhone and iPad

Fondation Cartier Opens First Major Exhibition in Paris Devoted to the Work of Jean Giraud

Jeff Koons' Monumental Balloon Flower (Blue) to Highlight November 2010 Evening Sale

Philbrook Museum of Art and Vitra Design Museum Announce Long-Term Partnership

Sotheby's Autumn Sales of Impressionist & Modern Art To Be Held in New York

Bob and Roberta Smith and Mark Titchner Create Artworks for Campaign Against Cuts

Demi Moore to Sell Two 19th Century Paintings at Sotheby's in New York City

Noel Barrett Presents the Old Salem Toy Museum and Thomas A. Gray Antique Toy Collection

Tragic Silver Snatched by Nazis for Sale at Bonhams, Rare Surviving Piece from Fabled Collection

Te Papa Museum Explains Why It Suggested Pregnant and Menstruating Women Not Visit Exhibition

First Retrospective Dedicated to the Work of Nancy Spero in France at Centre Pompidou

Egypt Court Jails 11 for Gross Negligence and Incompetence in the Theft of a Van Gogh Painting

Historic BMW Cars Make World Record Prices in Bonhams First Dubai Sale of Collectors Motor Cars

First United Kingdom Solo Exhibition by Mark Bradford at White Cube Hoxton Square

Stuart Shave/Modern Art Presents a Solo Exhibition of New Work by Bojan Šarĉević

"Peak": An Exhibition of New Works by New York's Tony Oursler at Lehmann Maupin

Smithsonian Latino Center Opens "Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art"

Gerhard Richter's "Zwei Kerzen" to Be Offered at Auction for the First Time in November

Laurie Anderson is Both Curator and Performer at the Upcoming American Academy in Rome "Cabaret"

Papal Gift Goes on Display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful