WASHINGTON, DC?May 23, 2014?An astonishing 62 rare works by Vincent van Gogh, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, and others have arrived at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. They were bequeathed to the Gallery by renowned philanthropist, art collector, and founding Gallery benefactor Paul Mellon (1907–1999), subject to a life estate in his wife, arts patron and master gardener Rachel Lambert Mellon (1910–2014), who died at Oak Spring, her estate in Upperville, Virginia, on March 17, 2014.
A highlight of the bequest is another major painting by Van Gogh: Still Life of Oranges and Lemons with Blue Gloves(1889). Currently undergoing conservation treatment, the painting will be on view June 7 in the Gallery’s West Building, French Galleries, with Van Gogh’s renowned The Postman Joseph Roulin (1889), on loan from the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands.
The postman Joseph Roulin, who Van Gogh made famous through a series of portraits, will hang alongside the Gallery’s own Roulin’s Baby (1888), the portrait of the postman’s daughter Marcelle as an infant. Though painted within a year of each other, this is the first time these versions of the works will be shown together, along with other related works by Van Gogh.
For Mellon bequest details, click on: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/2014/mellon-bequest.html
For Van Gogh installation details, click on: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/exh/3959.html