Saturday, November 8, 2014
The Getty buys another masterpiece
The J. Paul Getty Museum announced the acquisition at auction of "Spring" (Le Printemps), 1881 by the celebrated French painter Édouard Manet (1832-1883). The auction took place at Christie’s in New York the evening of Wednesday, November 5.
Spring sold at Christie's in New York for $65 million (£40.6m), almost doubling the previous record of $33.2 million (£20.7m) for a work by Manet. (Must be nice for a museum to have deep pockets).
“Spring "was the last of Manet’s Salon paintings still in private hands, and universally recognized as one of his great masterpieces,” said Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “It is a work of extraordinary quality and beauty, epitomizing Manet’s influential conception of modernity, and executed at the height of his artistic powers—but, tragically, when he was already afflicted with the illness that would soon lead to his early death.