William Louis-Dreyfus

William Louis-Dreyfus

THE LOUIS-DREYFUS COLLECTION

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Pieces from the collection are on display at the Katonah Museum of Art through Oct 11, 2015. CLICK HERE to read about the exhibit in the New York Times.

Introduction

The first purchases for the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection were made in the early 1960s. Today, the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection consists of more than 3,500 paintings, sculptures and works on paper primarily from the contemporary period.

The collection is made up of works owned by the Louis-Dreyfus family and its foundation established with the intention of promoting public awareness of the works represented and to benefit specific educational purposes. Hopefully these works will assist the Harlem Children's Zone in its educational mission.

Statement

From William Louis-Dreyfus

I have been asked on what basis the collection was put together, how I made my choices and what aspect of artistic rendition, if any, did the choices favor. The collection (which I started nearly 50 years ago without my knowing it at the time) was guided by looking at the work and finding more there than metthe eye, a discovery, an original accuracy, a pulse though hidden that was hard not to see; and, at the time, finding a price I could afford. 

Today, when I see the art gathered and displayed in one place, I am struck by the variety that is reflected by the seemingly traditional watercolors of Matthew Daub and the delicate, subtle tones of Helen Frankenthaler’s watercolors or Pierre Edouard’s feminine bronzes and the abstract sculptures by Alison Wilding.

I think also that the works in the collection have one basic aspect in common, a sort of shared DNA: they all carefully and seriously  represent work done by the brush, the knife, the palette and the hand.There is no minimalism in this gathering of artworks. I say this not as a positive (though I think it is) but as a description which links all the pieces, in spite of their apparent dissimilarities, in a discernable broad family. The collection, therefore, may be a homage to the physical doing of art and to the heart and hand which makes it.

William Louis-Dreyfus

(click here to view the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection web site)

 

 

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