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Important Collection of American Art Donated to Tacoma Art Museum

July 9, 2012

Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) | Departure of an Indian War Party. Oil on board, 17 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches
(Tacoma Art Museum, Promised Gift of Erivan and Helga Haub)

Art Fix Daily carries a Seattle Times story about Erivan and Helga Haub’s donation of American Art to the Tacoma Art Museum.  The bequest comprises 280 works by “Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, John Clymer and Tom Lovell as well as contemporary artists such as Bill Schenck.”

From the Seattle Times:

A German billionaire with deep Tacoma roots is giving his Western American art collection to the Tacoma Art Museum, and the museum will build a new wing to house it, doubling its gallery space.

Most of the new 15,000-square-foot wing and all of the 280-piece art collection come courtesy of Erivan Haub and his wife, Helga, who own property here. They amassed the collection over 25 years.

It’s the largest gift in the museum’s history, said Rock Hushka, curator of contemporary and Northwest art for TAM. The museum will formally announce the gift and expansion plans on Monday.

“It’s amazing material. It pretty much records the history of Western art from the early expeditionary time (1820s) to the early 21st century,” Hushka said.

Museum director Stephanie Stebich called the gift “transformative.”

Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) | Indians Scouting a Wagon Train. Watercolor on paper, 14 1/2 x 21 3/8 inches.

Thomas Moran (1837-1926) | Green River, Wyoming. 1907. Oil on canvas, 20 x 28 1/2 inches.

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