Philanthropist and cosmetics tycoon Leonard A. Lauder promised the Metropolitan Museum of Art his collection of 78 Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures.
The highly valued collection of Cubist works includes 33 Picassos, 17 Braques, 14 Legers and 14 works by Gris. In total, the collection is valued at over $1 billion, according to the New York Times. The collection will boost the Met into the forefront of early 20th century art, and fills a previously glaring gap in the Met’s collection. The Met only received in first Cubist painting in 1996.
Mr. Lauder’s collection remains unusual in its singular focus- where other art collectors expand beyond a particular genre and buy widely throughout multiple periods and styles, Mr. Lauder has focused exclusively on Cubism.
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