The Baltimore Museum of Art has been given Morris Louis' 1958 painting "Dalet Beth," which BMA director Arnold Lehman described as "one of the most significant single gifts of modern art in the museum's history."
The abstract work, part of the Baltimore-born artist's celebrated "Veil" paintings, has been on loan to the BMA for a decade. It was donated by Louis' widow, Marcella Louis Brenner, a national trustee of the museum since 1982. The gift was made, according to a BMA statement, "in recognition of the museum's commitment to build the projected new west wing for modern art, scheduled for completion in 1993."
For insurance purposes, the museum's policy is not to disclose the value of its art works, but Mr. Lehman is on record as saying "Dalet Beth" is worth $500,000 to $750,000. The first Louis painting to enter the museum's permanent collection, it will be on view in the modern galleries of the BMA's Hooper Wing.