Archival Labels

Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of Estée Lauder Companies Inc., began acquiring postcards as a boy. In 1976, he purchased two works on paper by Fernand Léger. By the early 1980s, after acquiring several paintings by Picasso, Mr. Lauder decided to focus on Cubism. He set his eye exclusively on the main proponents of the movement: Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, and Pablo Picasso, artists whose reputations had been cultivated by visionary dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. Mr. Lauder acquired works of the highest quality and historical importance with the aim of forming a comprehensive collection.  In the spring of 2013, he announced the promised gift of his collection of seventy-eight works to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since that time, Mr. Lauder has augmented the collection with four more that the Metropolitan Museum acquired using funds donated by him. His embossed collection label was designed by Daphne Geismar in early 2014.