The Berger Collection, the most significant private collection of British art in the United States, is currently on view at the Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, Maine, its first stop in a multi-year tour. Long-time patrons of the arts William and Bernadette Berger chose to collect British art and aimed to eventually make their collection accessible to a wider audience. The collection is now owned by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and housed at the Denver Art Museum.
The traveling exhibition and its accompanying catalogue feature fifty highlights of the collection, including works by Sir Anthony van Dyck, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Geroge Stubbs, and many others. Of particular interest are portraits of Elizabeth I and Henry VIII, and landscapes by the poet Edward Lear.
Marquand Books produced the catalogue, Treasures of British Art, 1400–2000: The Berger Collection, which was designed by Erica Anderson and published by the Denver Art Museum. The 120-page book features detailed essays on each of the fifty paintings, written by curators Kathleen Stuart, Anna Estes, Kristin Bonk Fong, and Alisia Robin.
The Berger Collection is on view at the Portland Museum of Art through January 4, 2015. It will later travel to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis and the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo, Utah, before returning to the Denver Art Museum. To learn more and to purchase copies of the catalogue, visit the Denver Art Museum.
Photography by Jeremy Linden