A masterpiece by Picasso from the renowned Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection is now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This display of Picasso’s Woman in an Armchair (Eva) from 1913 provides a special opportunity to preview one of the masterworks from the collection at the Met. The work will be on view in the first-floor galleries of the Museum’s Lila Acheson Wallace Wing for modern and contemporary art for at least the next three months.
Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum, announced on Tuesday, April 9, that Mr. Lauder has pledged to give the Museum his collection of 78 works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, and Fernand Léger, which stands as one of the foremost collections of Cubism in the world. The collection, distinguished by its quality, focus, and depth, includes 33 works by Picasso, 17 by Braque, 14 by Gris, and 14 by Léger. It is unsurpassed in the number of masterpieces and iconic works critical to the development of Cubism. Mr. Campbell concurrently announced that, in coordination with the gift, the Metropolitan Museum is establishing a new research center for modern art at the Metropolitan,supported by a $22-million endowment funded by grants from Museum trustees and supporters, including Mr. Lauder. Further details are available here.
Image caption: Pablo Picasso, Femme assise dans un fauteuil (Eva) (Woman in an Armchair), 1913. Oil on canvas. Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection; © 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York