GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut museum says it has been promised an “unprecedented” private collection of European and American art, including works by well-known painters like Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth and sculptors Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti.
An anonymous couple from Greenwich bequeathed 70 works, including paintings, sculptures, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs, according to the Bruce Museum. It is the largest art donation in the 112-year history of the museum, which was originally built as a private home.
The bequest coincides with the museum’s planned $60 million renovation and expansion project, which will double the size of the building. The New Bruce is scheduled to open in March 2023.
“This gift is unprecedented in its scale and quality, and these works will further define The New Bruce as a museum that explores the global histories of modern and contemporary art,” said Robert Wolterstorff, Executive Director and CEO of The Bruce. Museum, Susan E. Lynch, in a written statement.
The collection includes the two comedians from Hopper, the artist’s last work. It represents the painter and his wife Josephine disguised as clowns on stage.
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