Picasso paintings among Jewish Lauder heir’s donation to New York’s Met museum

(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 Tuesday.

Click photos to download. Caption: Paintings by Pablo Picasso (pictured) will be part of a cubist collection donated to The Met by the Jewish-American heir to the Estee Lauder cosmetics fortune. Credit: Argentina Revista Vea y Lea via Wikimedia Commons.

“[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.

Posted on April 10, 2013 .