American Landscape Art | Western Art | Recent Acquisitions

Tacoma Art Museum Rises as the Leader of the American West

Chelsea DeLay | August 29th, 2012 | Posted in News

The Tacoma Art Museum has just stepped up its game by accepting 280 major works of American Western art, becoming a major museum player in the Pacific Northwest.  A bequest from the private collection of Erivan and Helga Haub, this gift will go down in the museum’s history as the largest donation ever received in its 75 years of operation. The graciousness of the Haub family extended further than just the artwork –they are also funding a significant portion of a re-design project for a new lobby and gallery wing specially built for these new acquisitions, estimated to cost almost $15 million.

The Haub Collection demonstrates an unparallel caliber of American paintings, as well as several excellent European works, all which emphasize the historical significance of the wild West. A wide range of American landscape art demonstrates the impact that Westward expansion had on America’s development, and the pieces date all the way back to the 1820s.  The star attractions include a Thomas Moran painting, Green River, Wyoming, an intimate wartime  scene by Albert Bierstadt, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Piñons with Cedar, which adds a touch of American Modernism to the collection.

Start planning a trip out west soon, because although construction on the new wing isn’t set to be finished until 2014, the caliber of art will undoubtedly cause visitors to line up outside the Tacoma Museum’s front doors.


Albert Bierstadt, “Departure of an Indian War Party”


Chelsea DeLay is a Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.