Sunday, 23 July 2006

Daybreak goes to jail!

Maxwell Parrish - Daybreak (1922)
Here's a scrap of appalling news I found in ArtDaily today: Daybreak by the great American artist Maxwell Parrish is to be locked away in a private collection. It was auctioned at Christie's for $7.6 million dollars last May. As a feeble consolation prize the National Museum of American Illustration in Vernon Court, Rhode Island, is being allowed to exhibit this masterpiece until 25 August 2006. Then it goes to jail! So this is your last chance to see it. Somebody in the US Government should be brought to task for allowing this milestone in American art - a work of international importance - to be lost to public viewing.


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