Meyerhoffs' gifts add three works to gallery walls

Nation's museum receives paintings of modern artists

January 11, 2003|By Carl Schoettler

Three works by modern masters Willem de Kooning, Agnes Martin and Roy Lichtenstein are the latest in a series of gifts from Jane and Robert Meyerhoff that have transformed the National Galley of Art's postwar art collection.

The acquisition, announced yesterday, brings to 49 the number of works given to the Washington museum by the Meyerhoffs, who live at Fitzhugh Farm in Phoenix in Baltimore County.

"Their connoisseurship and generosity continue to help the gallery build a superb contemporary collection," Earl A. Powell III, the director of the National Gallery, said in a statement.

"Through their remarkable acuity, exhaustive study, and close relationships with the artists, the Meyerhoffs have amassed one of the world's most outstanding collections of postwar art, primarily American, including an unsurpassed collection of works by modern masters Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Brice Marden," he said.

Their latest gifts are Lichtenstein's Girl with Beach Ball III, a 1977 homage to Picasso and 1930s surrealism; Martin's Field #2, a 1963 classic grid painting; and de Kooning's Two Women from 1952, an experimental and exploratory charcoal of one of his most prevalent subjects.

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