Area art enthusiasts won’t want to miss Treasured Views, displayed at the Yellowstone Art Museum for a limited time. The exhibition consists of paintings from the William I. Koch Collection created by notable artists of the American West, including works by Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and Montana’s own Charles M. Russell, presented alongside of historic firearms. Contrasting with these uniquely American art works are paintings by European Masters of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including works by Giovanni Boldini, Pablo Picasso, and Camille Pissarro, which have been lent by an anonymous collector.
Treasured Views complements other current exhibitions that are drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, and offers a look at historic and more recent works that reflect the pictorial and narrative traditions still prevalent in contemporary art. Though the objects on display were produced on two different continents, they are linked in time and by a point of view.
The contrast between the historic American art of the West and the European masterworks is striking. It reveals much about the differing artistic temperaments of the eras and regions represented as well as reflecting the sensibilities of the collectors who have assembled these objects. The museum gratefully acknowledges the lenders for sharing these privately held treasures of a type rarely seen in the region.