Mark Murray Fine Paintings is a gallery specializing in European and American paintings from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The gallery’s ever-changing collection includes a range of periods and subject matter, including paintings by the French and American Impressionists; Pre-Raphaelites; Hudson River School; Marine paintings by British and Scandinavian artists; Sporting art by British and American painters including racing and hunting subjects; landscapes by Corot and his followers in Barbizon; exquisite views of Italy and Spain; traditional 19th-century sculpture by Barye, Mêne and others; and a substantial selection of Orientalist paintings by artists such as Gérôme, Weeks, and Bridgman. Although most works date from 1830-1930, there are often exceptions, such as a group of 17th-century Italian drawings, 20th-century marine and sporting works, and several specially chosen contemporary paintings.
Mark Murray Fine Paintings caters to an international group of collectors, designers, and private and public institutions. Several museums have acquired works from the gallery: among them the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., the Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan, the Dahesh Museum, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, and the San Diego Museum of Art, California. Paintings in the collection or acquired from the gallery have been included in major museum exhibitions at the British Library, London, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The gallery participates in various art fairs, most recently Master Drawings New York.
The gallery was founded in 1992 by Mark Murray who, after being raised in Oxford, England, obtained a bachelor’s degree in Art History at Harvard, and spent six years as a senior specialist in 19th century European paintings at Sotheby’s. Mr. Murray has lectured on his field at the National Conference of the Appraisers Association of America (2010); at classes in art history and arts administration at Columbia University, New York University and Sotheby’s Institute; and participated in seminars on art as a part of wealth management, most recently at Alliance Bernstein.