By Howard Pousner
The High Museum of Art has received a major gift of 90 19th century American paintings and sculptures, helping establish it as an important resource for works from that period.
The Atlanta-based West Foundation donated the 49 paintings and 41 sculptures, including landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church and Jasper Cropsey, portraits by Rembrandt Peale and William Sydney Mount, and sculptures by Hiram Powers and Chauncey Bradley Ives.
“As one of the most significant gifts to the department of American art in the museum’s history, this collection distinguishes the High as a major center of neoclassical sculpture and 19th century American paintings,” High director Michael Shapiro said.
The acquisitions will go on view Oct. 29 in the permanent collection galleries on the second and third floors of the Stent Family Wing.