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Getty Museum receives gift of seven drawings in honor of late James N. Wood

November 5, 2010 | 11:32 am

Getty The J. Paul Getty Museum said Thursday that it is receiving a gift of seven drawings in honor of James N. Wood, the former president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust who died unexpectedly in June. In addition, the Getty Research Institute is to receive 11 prints as part of the donation.

The works comprise a gift from Dr. Richard Simms of Los Angeles, who has been a supporter of the Getty and its programs for nearly a decade.

Simms' gift includes Czech artist František Kupka's "Girl Shading Her Eyes" (right), a pastel work that served as a study for the artist's oil painting "Little Girl with Ball" (1908). 

"Girl Shading Her Eyes" will be featured in the Getty's upcoming exhibition "Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World: 1770-1900," which will be on view at the Getty Center from March 29 through June 19.

The gift to the Getty also includes: Fritz Bleyl's "Landscape in the Tyrol," Hans Meid's "Park Scene From a Hotel Window," Eugen Napoleon Neureuther's "A Hungarian Prisoner" and three forest scenes and tree studies by Josef Wenglein.

The 11 prints being donated to the GRI are by Belgian artist James Ensor. In 2003, Simms gave an etched version of Ensor's masterpiece "Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1888" to the GRI.

Wood, who was 69 when he died, has been succeeded on an interim basis by Deborah Marrow.

-- David Ng

Photo: Kupka's "Girl Shading Her Eyes." Credit: © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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