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GREENWICH – The Bruce Museum has announced that it will receive the largest art donation in its 112-year history, a private collection of 70 pieces that an anonymous couple from Greenwich have pledged as bequests.

Art lovers will be able to admire these masterpieces when the renovations and expansion of the museum are completed next March. Art donors will lend selections to celebrate the grand reopening of the New Bruce Museum.

“This gift is unprecedented in its scale and quality, and these works will further define The New Bruce as a museum that explores the global histories of modern and contemporary art,” said Robert Wolterstorff, Executive Director and CEO of the museum, in a press release. “We are deeply grateful to the donors of these magnificent works who have actively supported the Greenwich community for decades and we can now be confident that their generosity will inspire and educate generations to come.”

The collection of sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints and photographs spans over a century of European and American art and includes works by renowned artists including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore and Andrew Wyeth, among others.

“We collected these works of art simply because we think they are beautiful and we enjoy seeing them every day in our homes,” the donors said. “We’ve lived in Greenwich for a long time and what better place to share our collection with the community than the exciting New Bruce.”

Anonymous donors have also contributed to the New Bruce Building Campaign, which helps fund the museum’s $60 million expansion. The project will double the size of the existing building and create modern galleries for exhibitions and installations, as well as state-of-the-art spaces for education and community events.

Margarita Karasoulas, Art Curator at The Bruce, will oversee the installation of loaned artwork for the grand opening of The New Bruce.

“It’s an extraordinarily rich collection that will transform the Bruce Museum, giving us a deep interest in European and American impressionism, modernism and realism,” Wolterstorff said. “This visionary gift will make The Bruce a place to be discovered again and again. Works like these will become old friends that you seek out on every visit. And they will become essential to our education and our public programs. Great works of art like these will change your life, the life of your children, the life of this community.

The collection explores the European and American figurative tradition of artists such as American painter Winslow Homer, American impressionists Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent, French impressionist Camille Pissarro, Childe Hassam and even a rare Pablo Picasso.

Among the works are Edward Hopper’s ‘Two Comedians’, his last work and ‘Bridle Path’, a dramatic painting of a trio of horsemen in Central Park. Mary Cassatt’s oil painting “Two Little Sisters” is part of the bequest, along with a group of her color etchings with aquatint, groundbreaking works that translated the aesthetics of Japanese color prints into the world. impressionist idiom.

Located in Bruce Park overlooking Greenwich Harbour, the Bruce Museum was built as a private residence in 1853. Robert Moffat Bruce, a textile merchant, bought the property in 1858 and deeded it to the town of Greenwich in 1908 .

“On behalf of my fellow trustees and all who love the Bruce Museum, I am sincerely touched by the generosity, foresight and selflessness of this local family,” said James B. Lockhart III, Chairman of the Board of administration of the Bruce Museum. in a report. “The gift of this exceptional collection is truly a game-changer for the Museum and our community.

“We also hope that this couple’s commitment to the future of the Bruce will inspire others to provide the museum with their own philanthropic support and to consider donating artwork to the permanent collection.”

annelise.hanshaw@hearstmediact.com