Scaife Bestows Painting on Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Carter, Alice T, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
A surprise gift from Trib Total Media owner Richard M. Scaife will fill an empty niche in the collection of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
Scaife recently purchased "Walking Along the Path, Mystic Connecticut," an oil-on-canvas measuring 25 inches by 30 inches, by American artist Charles H. Davis for the museum.
Davis (1856-1933), a leading American exponent of the Barbizon style, was born in Amesbury, Mass., in 1856 and trained at the Academie Julian in Paris, where his teachers included painters William-Adolphe Bougereau, Gustave Boulanger and Jules Joseph Lefebvre.
"It bridges the gap between the Hudson River School and the Impressionists," says Barbara Jones, chief curator at the museum. She hopes to have the painting on display in the museum's galleries by late May.
The Westmoreland Museum focuses its collection on significant American works of art, including many landscapes and industrial scenes of southwestern Pennsylvania.
"We have very little in our collection of the Mystic School, and, in fact, of American Impressionism as a movement, so it is definitely an area to be filled in," says Judy O'Toole, the museum's director and CEO. …