Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lovely Gift to the High Museum

I was interested in how the museum obtains some of its artwork and discovered this article written just last month.  Buckhead residents, Irene and Howard Stein, donated a “world-class collection of Toulouse-Lautrec prints and other art that’s hailed as one of the most significant gifts in the High Museum’s history.”  Howard and Irene Stein began collecting art in the 1970s.  They focused their collection on Toulouse-Lautrec.  “We bought Toulouse-Lautrec because we appreciated the medium and enjoyed the stories behind the images,” Irene and Howard Stein said.” 

This exhibit, "Toulouse-Lautrec & Friends: The Irene and Howard Stein Collection," just recently opened at the High Museum.  It contains 88 pieces, which were given to the Museum as a permanent collection.  “The Steins hope their donation will inspire other collectors to do the same.”  Museum director Michael Shapiro said, “This is one of the largest and most significant gifts in the history of the High Museum of Art.”

“One highlight is a rare complete set of Toulouse-Lautrec’s masterpiece lithographs “The Elle Series” made in 1896. Only 20 prints of each image were printed.  The Steins had acquired individual prints from the series initially and later had the opportunity to purchase the entire set, found in virtually perfect condition. The series features intimate portraits of prostitutes and is displayed in glass cases.”

After having read this article, I feel a little amazed that I was able to view this collection.  If you view my blog from February 14, 2011, you can see two bronze statues of girls, which were part of the collection.

Frank, Lisa
. New High Museum Exhibition Showcases Major Gift from Buckhead Couple Irene
  and Howard Stein.  5 February 2011. 3 March 2011.
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