Couple Donates Impressionist Art Collection to High Museum of Art

Couple Donates Impressionist Art Collection to High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has announced a gift of twenty-four works of art from local philanthropists Doris and Shouky Shaheen.

The gift represents the entirety of the Shaheens' Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Modernist collection and includes works by Matisse, Monet, Modigliani, Pissarro, and Renoir. In recognition of the gift, the museum will display the paintings in the newly renamed Doris and Shouky Shaheen Gallery in its Stent Family Wing. Highlights of the collection include Grand bouquet de chrysanthèmes (1882) by Henri Fantin-Latour; Portrait de Beatrice Hastings (1914) by Amedeo Modigliani; Femme assise devant son piano (Marguerite) (ca. 1924) by Henri Matisse; and Maison au bord de la route (1885) by Claude Monet.

The Shaheens started their collection in the early 1970s after they acquired Maurice de Vlaminck's Banlieue de Paris (ca. 1922) from a local gallery. Atlanta residents since 1965, they are the founders of Shaheen & Company.

"The Shaheens' generous gift strengthens the High's already significant holdings of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works to an extraordinary new level,” said the museum's Frances B. Bunzl Family curator of European art, Claudia Einecke. "In addition to making the museum a must-see destination for visitors and scholars alike, the Shaheen collection now gives the High much greater depth of works by artists such as Monet, Pissarro, and Sisley, providing deeper context for our overall collection and allowing our audiences to gain a fuller understanding and greater appreciation for these artists' individual achievements."

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