Art lovers everywhere can celebrate with the recent announcement by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville that they are launching a four-year collaboration between itself, the musée du Louvre, the High Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Curators from each of the partnering institutions are working together to shape the themes and installations, and works will be drawn from the collections of all four institutions. The first installation premieres at the Louvre on January 14, 2012 before traveling to the other collaborating museums, and will explore the birth of American landscape painting through the works of Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand. In addition to works by Cole and Durand, the installation will include an earlier painting by Pierre-Antoine Patel the Younger which inspired Cole's work after the artist saw it in Paris.
- Thomas Cole, The Cross in Wilderness, 1845 (Louvre)
- Thomas Cole, Landscape with Figures: A Scene from 'The Last of the Mohicans', 1826 (Terra Foundation)
- Thomas Cole, The Good Shepherd, 1848 (Crystal Bridges)
- Thomas Cole, The Tempest, 1826 (High)
- Asher B. Durand, View near Rutland, Vermont, 1837 (High)
- Pierre-Antoine Patel the Younger, The Summer, 1699 (Louvre)