October 6, 1996 |
Georges de La Tour, a masterful painter of foolish innocents cheated by rogues and of quiet, sanctified moments caught in candlelight, died in the duchy of Lorraine in France in 1652, but the world of art did not discover him until the 20th century. His paintings, some unsigned, some signed only in dark, illegible corners, lay in provincial museums and mansions for almost 300 years, often attributed to some other painter or to no one.
June 4, 2005 |
Paintings by two famed artists were reported discovered Friday in different European cities. In Germany, an unknown work by Edvard Munch was found after restorers discovered it behind another canvas at the Kunsthalle, the main art museum in Bremen. It shows three mask-like faces looking down toward a naked, seated girl. Restorers discovered it hidden on a second canvas behind the museum's only Munch work, "The Dead Mother," director Wulf Herzogenrath said.
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May 29, 1986 |
Charles Bierer Wrightsman, a retired oil executive turned philanthropist whose homes contained some of the important private art collections in the world, has died at the age of 90. Wrightsman, a benefactor and trustee of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for three decades, died Tuesday at his Manhattan home. He also maintained homes in London and Palm Beach, Fla., where he often was host to President John F. Kennedy.
January 16, 2000 |
What with wax and wicks being a $5-billion-a-year industry, it was perhaps inevitable that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art would offer its very own candle. Included in its nifty "Membership in a Box" package, which sells for $75 in the gift shop, is a one-year membership, coupons and an exclusive Illume 8-ounce "LACMA Aroma" candle that burns for 30 to 35 hours. After ruling out a special deck of cards, the museum's membership development team settled on a candle to spruce up the package.
September 30, 1988 |
Not quite a household word in photography but a master of his trade, the late W. Eugene Smith offered a brutal insight into man's highest and lowest moments. His technique could be as flashy and obvious as a calling card ("Empire State Building at Midnight") or tempered to a grainy, blink-of-a-second in time ("Three Men Hugging, Andrea Doria"). Remarkably, these photos--mostly from the '50s--ferret out weighty content in the most everyday places.
June 23, 2006 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art snagged the top item in a Paris auction, paying $2.7 million for a portrait by Jacques-Louis David on Thursday at Christie's. "Portrait of Jean-Pierre Delahaye" -- a dramatic painting of a white-haired, white-shirted gentleman on a dark background -- was the star attraction in a $9-million sale of 155 Old Master and 19th century paintings. "It's a very big deal for us," said LACMA Director Michael Govan.