The National Gallery acquire work by Eva Gonzalès

April 22 2024

Image of The National Gallery acquire work by Eva Gonzalès

Picture: The National Gallery, London

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery in London announced their acquisition of a work by Eva Gonzalès last week. The purchased was made possible by three generous legacy gifts from Mrs Martha Doris Bailey, Miss Gillian Cleaver, and Ms Sheila Mary Holmes, and the National Gallery Trust, and cost the gallery £1,492,000 through a tax advantageous private treaty sale.

According to their press release:

Christopher Riopelle, The Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, says: ‘Remarkably, this important rediscovery by an artist who captures increasing international attention has been in a private British collection, unseen in public for more than seventy years. We are excited that it has come to the National Gallery. The world of Impressionist studies, and of women artists studies is, if anything, even more excited.’

Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, says: ‘Joining Manet’s portrait of Eva Gonzalès, this work by the artist herself helps to enrich the story the Gallery tells about 19th-century French painting. Eva died young and her works are rare. We are grateful to the legacy-givers who have enabled us to buy it.’

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