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article imageMasterworks on loan to Philbrook coming home to Crystal Bridges Special

By Kay Mathews     Jun 14, 2011 in Arts
Bentonville - Four masterpieces loaned to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma are now on their way home to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as the Bentonville, Arkansas-based museum prepares for opening day 11-11-11.
On Nov. 15, 2010 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art released a statement indicating that "Four masterworks from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art permanent collection will be on view just a short drive from Northwest Arkansas. The works are on loan to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla., through May 15, 2011."
Fortunately I had not read that statement prior to traveling to Tulsa, Okla. on May 28. Otherwise, I would not have visited the Philbrook Museum of Art specifically to see the masterpieces on loan from Crystal Bridges. As luck would have it, I was oblivious to the May 15 deadline and, obviously, the deadline date was pushed back.
Philbrook Museum of Art.  Tulsa  Okla.  May 28  2011
Philbrook Museum of Art. Tulsa, Okla. May 28, 2011
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I did, however, know that the Philbrook Museum had a number of paintings that would eventually make their way to Crystal Bridges. I was given permission by the Philbrook Museum to take photographs, and here are photographs of three out of the four paintings belonging to Crystal Bridges that were on exhibit at the Philbrook:
Cattleya Orchid  Two Hummingbirds and a Beetle  ca. 1875-1890 oil on canvas by Martin Johnson Heade....
Cattleya Orchid, Two Hummingbirds and a Beetle, ca. 1875-1890 oil on canvas by Martin Johnson Heade. On loan to Philbrook Museum of Art from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. May 28, 2011
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A French Music Hall  1906 oil on canvas by Everett Shinn.  On loan to Philbrook Museum of Art from C...
A French Music Hall, 1906 oil on canvas by Everett Shinn. On loan to Philbrook Museum of Art from Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. Tulsa, Okla. May 28, 2011
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The Steel Mill  1930 oil on canvas on Masonite by Thomas Hart Benton.  On loan to Philbrook Museum o...
The Steel Mill, 1930 oil on canvas on Masonite by Thomas Hart Benton. On loan to Philbrook Museum of Art from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. May 28, 2011
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The fourth is October Interior, a 1963 oil on canvas by Fairfield Porter.
Today, after coming across the press release above, I learned of my accidental good fortune in that I saw the paintings at the Philbrook Museum two weeks after they were scheduled to leave.
Curious if the paintings were still at the Philbrook Museum, I called the museum and was told that they had been taken down yesterday, June 13, and are on their way to Crystal Bridges temporary location in Bentonville, Ark. The temporary space in downtown Bentonville is called preVIEW of Crystal Bridges.
A model photo of Crystal Bridges  View from the Northwest  Night.
A model photo of Crystal Bridges, View from the Northwest, Night.
John Horner, Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum.
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I was told that the four paintings that had been on loan to the Philbrook would be put in storage until closer to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's opening date on 11-11-11.
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