The Musée des beaux-arts du Canada confirms that the mysterious work that it wants to acquire with the profits from the sale of a Chagall in the collection is well Saint Jerome hearing the trumpet of the last Judgment, the property of the Fabrique of the parish Our-Lady of Quebec.
The Museum, which refused for more than a week to disclose the identity of the table, said in a press release Monday morning that it had now obtained the agreement of the owners to reveal the name of the work of the French painter Jacques-Louis David. This output of the Ottawa museum to confirm the information obtained last week by the QMI Agency.
“The Museum of fine arts of Canada has the collection the most extensive French art in the country and account of major works of Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries”, explained the director general of the institution, Marc Mayer, in a press release.
“On the whole, however, it lacks a table important to David, a leading figure of the French art.”
“The acquisition of the St. Jerome would significantly enrich our collection, which already includes a small portrait painted on the spot of his brother-in-law (Pierre Sériziat, 1790) – purchased in 1964, and the works of his contemporaries and students, the most gifted. A collection of european art would not be complete without a significant work of this illustrious representative of neo-classicism.”
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Mr. Mayer said that despite the fact that the Museum of civilization in Quebec city, jointly with the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, also wants to acquire the David, his institution will go ahead with the sale of The Eiffel tower by Marc Chagall at Christie’s in New York on may 15.
“Even if the Museum of civilization of Quebec buys the St. Jerome, the sale of The Eiffel tower will continue along the rigorous process of alienation in force, said Marc Mayer. The proceeds from this sale will be used to enrich the national collection, and more particularly, to that Canada can give itself the means to preserve its heritage by preventing the export of important works out of the country, a challenge which it surely will be new faces.”
The Chagall worth an estimated $ 6 to$ 9 MILLION US, and could find a buyer for a lot more due to the current rating of the painter on the international market.