165 Coastal-Art Paintings, $1 M. to New Britain Museum of American Art

William J. Bradford, 'Off the Greenland Coast Under the Midnight Sun,' 1873. (Courtesy NBMAA/ArtDaily)

William J. Bradford, ‘Off the Greenland Coast Under the Midnight Sun,’ 1873. (Courtesy NBMAA/ArtDaily)

Collectors Charles and Irene Hamm have given 165 works from their collection of coastal art to the New Britain Museum of American Art, in New Britain, Conn., along with $1 million, the museum recently announced. The collection includes oil paintings by Robert Henri, Thomas Hart Benton and Rockwell Kent, and watercolors by Fairfield Porter, John Whorf and Sears Gallagher. ArtDaily has the story.

The $1 million donation will go toward the museum’s capital campaign, and will help fund a new 18,000-square-foot wing for the museum, which will include a Charles and Irene Hamm Gallery.

“I know our visitors will be immediately drawn to these coastal paintings because they are of superb quality and represent a wide variety of styles,” the museum’s director, Douglas Hyland, said in a statement. “Together, they offer a compelling set of images ranging from man’s struggle against the relentless forces of the ocean to our pleasure in its constantly changing majesty.”

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