(JNS.org) Leonard Lauder, the Jewish-American heir to the Estee
Lauder cosmetics fortune, has donated a $1 billion art collection to New
York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). The collection includes cubist works by
legendary artists Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso,
and will go on public display in the fall of 2014, the museum announced
“[Lauder’s collection is] one of the most significant groups of Cubist art ever assembled,” The Met said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. Some of the paintings to be featured include Picasso’s 1909 “Oil Mill” and the 1913 “Woman in an Armchair,” and Braque’s 1908 “Trees at L’Estaque” and the 1912 “The Violin.”
“I feel that it’s essential that Cubism—and the art that follows it, for that matter—be seen and studied within the collections of one of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world,” Lauder said in The Met’s statement. Lauder also donated money toward a $22 million endowment to The Met for a new modern art research center.