- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont museum has been gifted a collection of artwork and artifacts more significant than any received in the last decade, including works by Grandma Moses and Jules Olitski.

The Bennington Banner reports (https://bit.ly/1LNG8s8 ) the two most important pieces the Bennington Museum received were “Wildcatter,” a 1963 canvas painting by Olitski, and “The Battle of Bennington,” a 1953 oil painting by Moses.

The museum also received over 1,400 plate glass negatives to be added to its photography collection.

Curator Jamie Franklin says the additions illustrate the museum’s goal to reinvigorate its collections by “charting new paths.”

“The Battle of Bennington” was commissioned by the Daughters of the American Revolution and is one of the largest paintings Moses ever completed.

“Wildcatter” was completed the year Olitski began teaching at Bennington College.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, https://www.benningtonbanner.com

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