The purchase of a painting by a 19th century American artist based in East Hampton has been added to the collection at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington.
The acquisition of “Stormy Skies, Long Island,” by Thomas Moran, is the first of several pieces to be purchased by the museum on behalf of the Town of Huntington through the town’s Art Acquisition Fund established in 2012.
“The Heckscher Museum is one of Huntington’s great treasures, and this acquisition will provide one more reason for art lovers from all over to visit and enjoy the museum,” Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said in a statement.
In 2011 because of space, the museum began shedding some of its objects that weren’t central to its core collections. Because the museum’s collections are owned by the town, museum officials had to get Town Board permission to sell Egyptian artifacts that had not been on display for years. The board authorized a sale of the objects, which netted more than $700,000 to benefit the fund.
“I congratulate the museum administration for turning artifacts in the museum collection that were no longer part of the core mission and had not been on view for decades into a significant acquisition,” Petrone said.
Beverly Bell, chairwoman of the museum’s board of trustees, praised Petrone and the museum’s executive director, Michael Schantz, for their “foresight and guidance” in establishing the endowment and acquisitions. “We look forward to being able to add to our collection in the future as unique works become available,” Bell said in a statement.
Moran is best known for his depictions of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and other scenes of the American West, including his panoramic Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, which was purchased by Congress shortly after it became the country’s first National Park in 1872.
The recent acquisitions will be on view at The Heckscher Museum of Art from Aug. 17 through Nov. 24.