Painting, ownership disputes
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the rightful owner of Paul Cezanne’s 1891 Portrait of Madame Cezanne and does not have to turn the painting over to the heir of its original owner, the District Court in Manhattan found late last week.
Thursday’s decision granted the Met’s motion to dismiss the suit brought by Pierre Read More
The U.S. Supreme Court allowed actress Elizabeth Taylor to keep a Vincent van Gogh painting this morning, rejecting an appeal by descendants of a Jewish woman who said she was forced to sell “View of the Asylum and Chapel at Saint-Remy” before fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939, according to Reuters.
Four South African Read More
Any museum that devotes an exhibition to the neo-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is guaranteed boffo box office receipts. Few artists have achieved as much posthumous celebrity or, rather, had it thrust upon them.
Myth has all but engulfed the man. Van Gogh’s sister-in-law, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, put it into motion. Having absorbed Read More
Several times in the 1880s, Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo about his efforts to eat “strawberries in the spring.” He was talking about learning to enjoy things in the moment, also of not trying to rush something that comes maybe once a year. The same can be said for Read More
Fame hasn’t always been kind to the reputation of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), whose drawings are now featured in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s owing to his fame, after all, that van Gogh is still so often described as a deranged genius—the man who cut off his ear in a fit Read More
Fame hasn’t always been kind to the reputation of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), whose drawings are now featured in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s owing to his fame, after all, that van Gogh is still so often described as a deranged genius—the man who cut off his ear in a Read More
Unless you’re a devotee of 15th-century Netherlandish painting, chances are you’ve only stopped to give a cursory look at Hans Memling’s diminutive painting on panel, Portrait of a Man (c. 1470), as you’ve made your way to the Frick Collection’s big-name, box-office draws. That’s less likely to be the case next month, when the venerable Read More
The moment of the week for me came during John Patrick Shanley’s feverish, deranged and gloriously welcome political satire, Dirty Story, which he also directed at the Harold Clurman Theatre in a feverish, deranged, gloriously welcome way.
Ostensibly about love, literature, apartment-hunting and American involvement in the Israeli-Arab war, Mr. Shanley takes no prisoners Read More