Philadelphia art museum acquires new paintings

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has announced the acquisition of five major French paintings as a bequest from a longtime supporter.

The works are a late Cezanne painting of Mont Sainte-Victorie, a Manet still life of fruit, a landscape and cityscape by Pissarro and a Morisot portrait. All were a bequest from Helen Tyson Madeira, who died last year.

The museum also announced that it had received two early portraits by Marcel Duchamp.

The Philadelphia museum has extensive holdings of Cezanne and characterized the latest addition as “among the masterpieces of the last decade of the artist’s life.”

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Museum director Timothy Rub said the collection’s distinctive character “is due largely to transformational gifts,” almost all of them from “Philadelphians who cared deeply about both this institution and their city.”

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