Arts

Top five acquisitions of the month

© Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society; courtesy of Sothebys

Lee Krasners The Eye is the First Circle (1960), Glenstone, Potomac, Maryland. This 16ft-wide canvas is from Lee Krasners emotionally charged series of Umber Paintings, made while she was mourning both her mother and her husband, fellow Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock. The work set an auction record for Krasner when Glenstone, the private museum of the collectors Mitchell and Emily Rales, bought it for $11.7m with fees at Sothebys in New York in May. Named after the first line in a Ralph Waldo Emerson essay, the painting is currently on view at Londons Barbican Art Gallery in the exhibition Lee Krasner: In Living Colour (until 1 September), which is due to travel to Frankfurt, Bern and New York.

Maurice Deniss Les Musiciennes (1895) © The Phillips Collection

Nabi works from the collection of Vicki and Roger Sant, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. The Phillips Collection has announced a promised gift from the late Vicki Sant, the chair of the board from 2000 to 2015, and her husband Roger, with around 40 works and two print portfolios by artists from the fin-de-siècle French group, the Nabis. Among them are paintings and decorative arts objects by Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Édouard Vuillard and Félix Vallotton. An exhibition of the works, Bonnard to Vuillard: the Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life, goes on show at the Phillips Collection on 26 October.

Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum; © Charlotte Graham for the Harewood House Trust

Pair of tables and mirrors by Thomas Chippendale (around 1771), Victoria and Albert Museum, London. A pair of marquetry-topped pier tables and matching gilded mirrors designed by Thomas Chippendale for the Music Room at Harewood House in West Yorkshire have entered the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. The set will remain on loan to the stately home where the first Baron Harewood, the Conservative politician Edwin Lascelles, gave the English furniture maker the biggest commission of his career. In late autumn, V&A conservators will restore the table frames in London and treat the mirrors in situ. The acquisition through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme settles £5.6m of inheritance tax from the trustees of the 7th Earl of Harewood Will Trust.

© Jochen Littkemann

Six paintings and a sculpture by Georg Baselitz, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich. The German artist Georg Baselitz has given six recent paintings and a sculpture to the Bavarian State Painting Collections, which is exhibiting them in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich until 31 December. The works include Piet in Shorts (Remix) (2008), which features a skull with hair like Hitlers and a swastika within a background that alludes to Piet Mondrians abstract works. Two further canvases refer to one of Baselitzs most important influences, Willem de Kooning. The gift brings the number of Baselitz works in the Bavarian State Painting Collections to 31, some dating back to the early 1960s. The artist made the donation in Read More – Source

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