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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Crystal Bridges speculation

Posted By on Sat, Dec 6, 2008 at 12:24 PM

I notice in the NY Times this morning the report of a sale of a couple of important Hudson River School paintings by the National Academy to an unnamed private foundation that intends to exhibit them. That naturally raised the question of whether these are more American masterpieces headed to Alice Walton's Crystal Bridges in Bentonville.

The Waltons are among the lucky few who still have a few dollars hanging around these troubled days. The  blogger, CultureGrrl, who broke the news of the $15 million sale, said a couple more purchases may be in the offing.  She wrote of speculation that Walton money was behind the purchase, but later quoted John Wilmerding, a Walton arts advisor, that to his knowledge neither Alice Walton nor Crystal Bridges purchased the paintings.

As it happens, Crystal Bridges announced Friday the acquisition of a Francis Guy landscape, "Winter scene in Brooklyn" (above). It's described on the museum website as a "precursor of the Hudson River school."

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