“Copper King” artworks set to be unveiled next week

Posted at 9:32 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 23:32:58-04

(MISSOULA)- Eight paintings once owned by “Copper King” William A. Clark will be unveiled next week during a special reception at the University of Montana.

The paintings, created by some of the most prominent artists of Clark’s time, arrived at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture this summer, where they will become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

The paintings were once part of the Clark estate, acquired at the height of Clark’s financial reign. When he died in 1925 his fortune was estimated at more than $200 million, the equivalent of about $3-billion today.

The paintings, and other art works went on display at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 1928 in a special “Clark Wing”. But the collection was broken up after the Corcoran closed 4-years ago.

The paintings will be unveiled during an opening reception from 3 to 6 pm at the UM’s Performing Arts/Radio Television Center lobby on October 4th. The works will be on display in the “William A. Clark: A Homecoming Exhibition” until next June.