KIMBELL ANNOUNCES UPCOMING MAJOR LOAN OF MASTERPIECES FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF NANCY LEE AND PERRY BASS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 27, 2014

KIMBELL ANNOUNCES UPCOMING MAJOR LOAN OF MASTERPIECES FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF NANCY LEE AND PERRY BASS

The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass
March 1–May 24, 2015

FORT WORTH—The Kimbell Art Museum is pleased to announce The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass, a selection of paintings and sculptures amassed by two pillars of Texas philanthropy and business. From this collection of Impressionist to post–World War II art, 37 works of painting and sculpture will be on view, including an impressive pair of paintings by Van Gogh—Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888, and Enclosed Field with Plowman, 1889—and a major still life by Picasso, Fruit Dish, Bottle, and Guitar, 1923. Important paintings by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Vuillard, Bonnard, Matisse, Miró, Léger, Chagall and Rothko and sculptures by Rodin, Maillol and Segal will also be on view.

"Mr. and Mrs. Bass assembled an extraordinary collection, and, until now, very few of the works have ever been seen in a public forum," commented Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. "This is a remarkable occasion for the Museum, and we're grateful to the Bass family for their generosity in providing this exhibition."

Sid R. Bass, eldest son of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass, said, "My brothers and I are honored to have our parents' collection at the Kimbell and are so pleased to have the opportunity to share their art with others."

Perry Richardson Bass, the nephew of Texas oilman Sid W. Richardson, was born in 1914 in Wichita Falls, Texas, and married Nancy Lee, a Fort Worth native, in 1941. The couple had four sons, Sid Richardson Bass, Edward Perry Bass, Robert Muse Bass and Lee Marshall Bass, who together have provided leadership and philanthropy to organizations around the country, among them the redevelopment of downtown Fort Worth, which is recognized today as one of the most "livable downtowns in the country." The cornerstone of the city center, the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, which opened in 1998, was one of the leading projects in that revitalization. Mr. Bass died in 2006 and Mrs. Bass in 2013.

Admission is free to this special exhibition.

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Image caption:
Vincent van Gogh
Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888
Oil on canvas
15 x 18 1/8 in.
Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass, Fort Worth

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