LA Times Pursues the Path of Several Cézannes from Paris to Washington, D.C.

September 3rd, 2013

First Lady Kennedy with one of the Disputed Cézannes, via LA TimesThe LA Times traces the path of 8 Cézanne canvases originally intended for donation to the White House, and the political maneuverings that eventually sent the majority of them to the National Gallery. Through a series of closed door meetings and forceful persuasion, then chief curator John Walker III convinced the donors (who had previously intended to give the works to the White House), to instead donate them to his museum.  “I still feel ashamed,” Walker once wrote. “I behaved abominably and frightened a dear friend nearly to death.”  

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