The Heckscher Museum of Art provides art programs and exhibitions for the Huntington community, as well as the nearby communities. Through exhibits of both its permanent collection and works of art on loan, the museum strives to offer guests with a transformative and inspirational experience. Additional programs often related to current exhibitions also help the museum provide visitors and the community with opportunities to broaden their understanding of art.
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The collection of artwork at the Heckscher Museum of Art spans across five hundred years of Western art. There is a particular focus on works of art from the nineteenth century and twentieth century. This art collection started in the year 1920 with one hundred and eighty-five pieces of art donated by August Heckscher. Today, the museum's collection totals over 2,500 works of art by European and American artists. Highlights of the collection include American landscape paintings, European and American modernism, and works by artists of Long Island. Photography has become an increasing part of this collection as well.
The first major work the Heckscher Museum of Art acquired as part of its collection was the Virgin, Child, St. John the Baptist and Angels, created by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1534. Other master works in the museum's collection include Italian and Dutch paintings from the seventeenth century, as well as English portraiture. Artists featured include Raeburn, Beechey, Verstraelen, Verbeeck, Girardon, Largillierre, and D'Hondecoeter. Nineteenth century works by European artists include works by Jean Léon Gérôme, Gustave Courbet, and Eugène Louis Boudin.
American landscape paintings of the nineteenth century include works by Frederic Church, George Inness, Asher B. Durand, Alfred Thompson Bricher, Ralph Albert Blakelock, Samuel Colman, and Albert Bierstadt. The landscape painting Moran family, of which several were residents of Long Island, are also represented well within the art collection at the Heckscher Museum of Art. A favorite among visitors at the museum is the 1915 Bluebeard's Castle by Thomas Moran. The art museum holds a rare tile painting from 1878 by Winslow Homer, as well as an 1896 sketch of The Cello Player by Thomas Eakin.
American modernism is a particular strength of the Heckscher Art Museum, and is the focus of its Baker-Pisano Collection. This collection includes the Machu Picchu watercolor by Georgia O'Keeffe, in addition to works by John Marin, Charles Burchfield, Oscar Bluemner, Charles Sheeler, Arthur B. Carles, Joseph Stella, Charles Demuth, Max Weber, Paul Manship, and Rockwell Kent. The museum's photography holdings include extensive photographs by Eadweard Muybridge, Larry Fink, and Berenice Abbott.
Local artists are also showcased among the holdings of the Heckscher Museum of Art. Among these are extensive holdings by three notable artists of Huntington. These artists are the American modernists Helen Torr and Arthur Dove, and George Grosz, a Berlin Dadaist. Another significant strength of the museum's collection is the abstract artwork by Ilya Bolotowsky and Esphyr Slobodkina, founding members of the group of American Abstract Artists. Works by Bolotwosky include over one hundred paintings, prints, drawings, and watercolors.
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