John Singer Sargent, “Mrs Cazalet and Children Edward and Victor,” 1900-01, oil on canvas, 100 by 65 inches; promised gift of Barbra Streisand in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — The traditional gift for a 50th anniversary is gold but the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is nonetheless quite pleased with a promised gift for its 50th anniversary this year. It just announced a bequest commitment of a major painting from Barbra Streisand — a 1900–1901 portrait, “Mrs Cazalet and Children Edward and Victor,” by American artist John Singer Sargent.
“Barbra Streisand’s wonderful gift will add depth to an already strong collection of American art from the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries,” said Michael Govan, the museum’s CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “Future generations will benefit greatly from seeing ‘Mrs Cazalet and Children’ alongside other great American works in our collection by turn-of-the-Twentieth Century icons George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, and Thomas Eakins.”
“Barbra has been a great supporter of the museum over the years, particularly as a trustee from 2007 to 2014,” said Andy Brandon-Gordon, co-chair of LACMA’s board of trustees. “Ms Streisand has generously lent LACMA other major American works in the past, including a painting by Edward Hopper. The Sargent painting is a fantastic gift and a demonstration of Barbra’s continued love and support of the arts.”
“Barbra’s gift is sure to become an icon for LACMA, a real ‘postcard’ picture. This is a boon for the museum in its anniversary year,” said Lynda Resnick, chair of LACMA’s Acquisitions Committee and co-chair of the museum’s 50th Anniversary Gifts of Art.
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