Some of the finest paintings of the 20th century are being auctioned this month by Christie’s in New York and many of those works will come from the Bass Collection.
The Bass Collection features masterworks by Van Gogh, Matisse, Rothko, Chagall and Miró, collected over 65 years by Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass.
“Nancy Lee was the first lady of Fort Worth”, the Christie’s website quotes Kay Kimbell Carter Fortson, chairman of the Kimbell Art Foundation. “She was the matriarch and the mother not only to her family, but to all of Fort Worth.’ Former Texas Governor Rick Perry declared that ‘Texas is a much better place because [Perry Bass] was Texan.”
The first acquisitions were made in the early 1960s, with works by Serge Poliakoff, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Raoul Dufy to Edouard Vuillard’s “Yvonne Printemps” bought in 1997. The collection represents one of the best American collections of impressionist, modern and post-war art, according to Christie’s experts. .
The paintings will be offered throughout the evening auctions of Impressionist and Modern Art and Contemporary Art of 13 and 15 November.
Over the years, Nancy and Perry Bass supported many area museums and institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame , the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, the Museum of Science and History, the Symphony Orchestra and the Kimbell Art Museum. The Kimbell exhibited the Bass Collection exhibition in 2015.
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