Berkshire Museum’s Frederic Church Painting Sold to Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
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Berkshire Museum’s Frederic Church Painting Sold to Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Frederic Edwin Church’s Valley of the Santa Ysabel (1875), which was sold by the Berkshire Museum to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. COURTESY SOTHEBY’S The Berkshire Museum’s sell-off of works from its collection marched on today, with news that a major 1875 Frederic Edwin Church painting of a sun-drenched valley in South America that had failed to sell during an auction at Sotheby’s in New York on Wednesday has been acquired by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia in a private sale for an undisclosed sum. The sale means that a second work from the Berkshire Museum, which is located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is now definitely heading to a public institution. The museum had previously sold its most valuable work, Shuffleton’s Barbershop (1950), a Norman Rockwell painting donated by the artist, to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, also in a private transaction for an undisclosed sum. (The identities of other buyers of the works at auction are not yet known.) PAFA’s director, Brooke Davis Anderson, said in an interview this afternoon that, while Church exhibited at her institution a number of times during the mid-19th century, the museum did not […]

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