Joslyn Art Museum

Omaha, NE



Acquisitions at Joslyn Art Museum


The year 2000 marked an exciting year for Joslyn Art Museum's permanent collection as both historic and recently created representational American artworks were acquired through gift or purchase. The majority of the year's most significant acquisitions are additions to Joslyn's renowned collection of Western American and Native American art.

Following are three highlights of Joslyn's year 2000 acquisitions:

Charles M. Russell, A Serious Predicament,1908, oil on canvas, gift of Foxley & Co. (William Foxley, of Foxley & Co. and a well-known collector of Western American art, grew up in Omaha.). A quintessential cowboy scene by the premier artist of the genre, this late 18th-century painting fills a major gap in Joslyn's Art of the American West collection. The Museum has shown borrowed works by Russell in the past but has never owned one. The gift was received just in time to be included in the grand opening of the newly reinstalled Western and Native American galleries in November 2000.

(left: William Sidney Mount, The Blackberry Girls, 1840, oil on panel, Museum purchase with funds provided by Susan Storz Butler) (Susan Storz Butler is a member of Joslyn Art Museum's Board of Governors.) In keeping with American genre paintings of the mid-19th century, this idyllic scene celebrates country life and its association with simple, timeless virtues: two young girls are shown resting after an afternoon of berry picking. The luminous light and exquisitely rendered detail are characteristic of the artist's work; Mount is among the most highly regarded American painters of his era.

(right: William De La Montagne Cary, Jim Bridger with Sir William Drummond Stewart, 1872, oil on canvas, Museum purchase with funds provided in part by Gall and Michael Yanney) (Michael Yanney is chairman of Joslyn's Board of Governors.) Although Bridger, a famous mountain man, was indeed a friend of the Scottish adventurer Stewart, it is unlikely that Cary, a well-known illustrator of his era, knew either individual.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

This page was originally published in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information. rev. 5/23/11

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