February 6, 1992 |
A two-sided watercolor by Paul Cezanne is missing from the National Gallery of Modern Art and feared stolen, the museum director said Wednesday. Augusta Monferini said a restorer reported the back-to-back landscapes missing from a drawer in the gallery's archives on Jan. 22, but the disappearance was not reported to police until Wednesday.
May 13, 1993 |
Cezanne Sets Record: A Paul Cezanne painting, "Still Life With Apples," was sold for $28.6 million Tuesday night at Sotheby's New York, breaking the artist's record of $17.2 million and marking the first time in three years that an artwork has commanded more than $20 million at auction. The painting, which had been valued at about $10 million, was sold to an unidentified telephone bidder after heated competition.
July 7, 1985
In Clayton Eshleman's review of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (Book Review, May 26), he scrupulously takes the translation of A. Poulin Jr. to task for his inadequacy of rendering Rilke into English. Eshleman then equates Rilke's viewpoint with that of Paul Cezanne, a painter so dedicated to his art that he even neglected to attend his daughter's wedding. An impossibility, since Cezanne had only one child and that was a boy, whom he doted on. Young Cezanne used to take his father's painting and cut out all the windows on the houses with a razor blade.
July 2, 2012 |
Recovering stolen masterpieces can sometimes take years of police sleuthing. But in the case of a recently pilfered Salvador Dali painting, a resolution has come swiftly, if somewhat mysteriously. Dali's "Cartel de Don Juan Tenirio" was recently mailed back to the New York gallery from which it was stolen June 19. The parcel, which the gallery received on Friday, was mailed from Greece, according to the New York Post, which was the first to report the bizarre return. The culprit remains unknown, and the return address on the parcel is believed to be fake.
December 1, 1999 |
The J. Paul Getty Museum will announce today that it has purchased a major figure painting by Paul Cezanne. "Young Italian Woman Leaning on Her Elbow" (1895-1900), which sources estimate to have cost the museum between $25 million and $30 million, is a pristine and unusually expressive example of the French Impressionist's final, most influential period. It will go on view Thursday alongside the Getty's three other oil paintings by the artist.
January 25, 2014 |
"It's not about more. It's about better," says Scott Schaefer, the J. Paul Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings, a few days before his retirement. "The Getty's collections are meant to be small even though they are meant to be great. We have added 70 pictures; we have also deaccessioned 70 pictures. So the collection is the same size as when I started - about 430 paintings and pastels - but it's better," he says. As Schaefer prepares to leave his corner office at the Getty Center as well as the galleries he has visited almost daily, he leaves an impressive record of exhibitions organized under his purview.