Thomas Moran, Snowy Range (1896), oil on canvas, 15 by 27 inches.

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) has announced a gift from Denver-based collector Henry Roath of 50 artworks by masters such as Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran and Ernest L. Blumenschein. Roath has also contributed $500,000 to create a fund for future art acquisitions.

"Mr. Roath's generous gift to the museum and the people of Denver is one of the most important donations in our history," said museum director Christoph Heinrich in a press release.

The Roath Collection, whose works range in date from 1877-1972, emphasizes western American art, including oil paintings, watercolors and bronze sculptures. The works will take up residence in the museum's Petrie Institute of Western American Art (PIWAA), established in 2001, which aims to advance the significance of the West and its role in American cultural development.