Met Museum Announces Gift of Works of Nineteenth-Century American Art

Met Museum Announces Gift of Works of Nineteenth-Century American Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has announced a gift of eighty-eight works of art from trustee Barrie A. Wigmore and his wife, Deedee.

The gift includes examples of American Aesthetic Movement and Gilded Age decorative arts and paintings from the couple's collection — considered one of the preeminent holdings of late nineteenth-century American art in private hands. The works will be on view in the museum's American Wing, starting in December, in a gallery named for Deedee Wigmore and devoted to decorative arts of the Aesthetic Movement of the 1870s and 1880s.

Assembled over four decades, the collection features outstanding works by luminaries of American art, with a focus on members of the second generation of the Hudson River School. Among the highlights of the collection are works by Albert Bierstadt, Sanford R. Gifford, John Kensett, Alfred Thompson Bricher, and Jervis McEntee.

"In the Aesthetic Movement, art infused every aspect of one's home, and the incredible range of objects in this exceptional gift will enable the Met to evoke such an interior," said the museum's director, Max Hollein. "This gift also has particular resonance in the Met's one hundred and fiftieth anniversary year, as the objects represent prime examples of American decorative arts and paintings that were created around the time the Met was formed. We are deeply grateful to trustee Barrie Wigmore and his wife, Deedee, for their remarkable generosity."