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Frederick Carl Frieseke, The Green Parasol, 1915, Oil on canvas, 31 3/4 x 32 in., Jonathan W. Warner; on loan from the Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art


Julian Scott, Playing a Friendly Game of Freezeout, 1886, Oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 29 1/2 in., The Warner Foundation, on loan from the Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art

An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Art
Apr. 1 - July 3, 2011
Opening Reception
5-7 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011

Beginning Apr. 1 and running through July 3, 2011 the New Britain Museum of American Art’s McKernan Gallery will feature An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Art. Coming to New Britain from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the exhibition is composed of works from the personal collection of Jonathan “Jack” Warner and his wife Susan Austin Warner and the collection of The Warner Foundation.

Jack Warner started his private collection in the 1950s when he bought a series of prints by John James Audubon (1785-1851). Today the Warner Collection is one of the premiere collections of American art in the world.

Warner’s collection reflects his belief in learning American history through art and his passion for America. His collection includes historical and genre paintings, portraiture,
landscapes, and works from specific schools such as Impressionism and The Eight. Each of these artworks helps the viewer understand a different aspect of the American story. Works by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Frederic E. Church (1826-1900), Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Winslow Homer (1836-1910), and James Peale (1749-1831) are featured in the collection.

Because the Warner Collection closely parallels the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum, the exhibition allows a number of opportunities to compare and contrast works in the two collections.



 

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