This 19th-century painter’s works are rare and very much sought after by museums around the nation, especially in his home region of the Pacific Northwest. The Tacoma Art Museum was overjoyed to recently announce its acquisition of a gorgeous oil. Who’s the artist?
On Wednesday, May 25, the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington unveiled one of the institution’s most anticipated acquisitions in years: a gorgeous oil by 19th-century painter Grafton Tyler Brown. The artist’s surviving works are rare and a treasure for any collection.
The stunning painting — titled “A Canyon River with Pines and Figures (Yellowstone)” — is a dramatic and stylized representation of Yellowstone National Park’s beauty. Viewers find themselves deep within the wilderness, looking down into a jagged and sun-bathed canyon. The beautiful overlapping and atmospheric perspective draws the viewer into the scene as the river winds and recedes into the distance.
Stephanie Stebich, TAM’s executive director, said, “We are delighted to acquire Brown’s stunning landscape painting. This is our first significant purchase to complement the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art since the opening of the Haub Family Galleries in November 2014. We are grateful for the community support that made it possible to acquire this exceptional museum-quality work. This painting beautifully links TAM’s focus on the art of the Northwest with the art of the broader Western region. It helps us to tell a more complete story of Northwestern art and artists.”
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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