The National Museum of Wildlife Art is now presenting major works from patrons’ private collections.
Now on view at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is Jackson Collects: Wild Selections from Private Collections, a new exhibition that presents works from some of the museum’s most devoted patrons.
The exhibition brings in artworks from all around Jackson Hole and beyond, and because these are pieces from private collections, they are often rarely seen by the public, which gives the exhibition a “blink and you’ll miss it” quality. More than 20 works will be on view, both from private collections and promised future gifts to the popular Wyoming museum. One of the promised gifts is Robert Bateman’s 2003 work Harris Hawks and Old Saguaro, which shows a beautifully detailed saguaro cactus that is the perch for three brazen hawks that cling to its spiny limbs.
Other works in the show include Wilhelm Kuhnert’s Tiger am Dschungelbach, Thomas Hewes Hinckley’s 1872 oil White Tailed Stag, and Albert Bierstadt’s 1860s Pronghorned Antelope, which shows three animal subjects in golden light and a breathtaking landscape. “This painting by Albert Bierstadt of pronghorn antelope is thought to be set in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains, but it is sometimes difficult to discern exactly where Bierstadt set his paintings,” says Adam Harris, Petersen Curator of Art & Research at the museum. “It might also be set in front of the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City.
Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), Prong-horned Antelope, ca. 1865, oil on canvas, 13½ x 19¼”. Gift of the Stonehollow Collection, National Museum of Wildlife Art.