Spacious Skies: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection
February 1 - May 18, 2014
The William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery
Uplifting or oppressive, buoyant or threatening, as in life, the sky of a landscape painting can affect its mood. The skies in the fourteen paintings and drawings on display are key elements of the compositions. At times serene, as in a Scottish landscape from 1874 by Robert M. Greenlees, or shifting, as in Rockwell Kent’s Virginia Landscape or Will Henry Stevens’ Mississippi River scene, the composition above the horizon line harmonizes with, dominates, or – as the menacing Storm Cloud by John Sloan shows – appears to combat the land below it. Comprised mainly of works by American artists, this exhibition includes the work of outsider artist Saul Haymond, French artist Constant Troyon, as well as the first painting, called The Shower by William P. Silva, that was acquired for the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Cost: Free to the public.
Elaine Galen, Skysweep, NM (detail), 1991. oil on canvas. Copyright © the artist. Gift of the artist. 1997.088