Peter Lynch donates over $ 20 million in art to Boston College
Peter Lynch, Vice President of Fidelity Management and Research Company and Trustee Partner of Boston College, donated 27 paintings and three drawings, valued at more than $ 20 million, from the private art collection of his late wife Carolyn at the McMullen Museum of Art in Boston. , including renowned works by Pablo Picasso, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Albert Bierstadt, Martin Johnson Heade and Jack Butler Yeats.
The donation includes an additional $ 5 million grant to support the curation and ongoing exhibition of what will be called the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch Collection, making the total donation one of the largest in the history of the university.
Lynch, a Boston College graduate in 1965, said he donated the art to the McMullen Museum to inspire Boston College students and museum visitors through the diverse collection of paintings and drawings by 20 of the artists. most acclaimed in the world.
“I hope this work of art, which my wife Carolyn and I have collected over our 50 years together, will help students deepen their understanding of art and its importance as a form of expression, ”said Lynch, who received an honorary award. graduated from British Columbia in 1995. “Any student can certainly learn from this collection, which includes a diversity of painting styles, many of which portray our country’s natural beauty from its most famous painters. I also wanted to enhance the permanent collection of the McMullen Museum with our donation and encourage others to follow.
Among the remarkable pieces of the collection are the drawing by Pablo Picasso To manage; Winslow Homer’s painting Grace hoops; Watercolor by Mary Cassatt Mother and child; John Singer Sargent painting Olive trees, Corfu; and the 1929 painting by Jack Butler Yeats Goodbye Mayo, that British actor Sir Laurence Olivier gave as a wedding gift to actress Vivien Leigh.
Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., advisory curator of American art at the Fogg Museum at Harvard University and former curator of American paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, described the collection as “an extraordinary compilation of works of art “which includes masterpieces any museum in the country would like.
“This collection reflects Peter and his love of the sea and nature,” said Stebbins. He and Carolyn have acquired magnificent seascapes and marine paintings, as well as notable non-seascapes that include some of the masterpieces in the collection such as Martin Johnson Heade Orchid and hummingbirds near a mountain lake, which is an amazing painting and the best piece of Heade orchid art ever painted.
“Winslow Homer’s Grace hoops is an unusual, wonderful and touching painting of young women of this age, and the painting of Albert Bierstadt Newport Rocks is a gem; There is nothing like it. from Bradford Among the ice floes is a stunning painting, depicting Bradford at its best. Each painting is beautiful and tells a unique story of American life. It is an extraordinary collection for Boston College and the community.
Nancy Netzer, Robert L. and Judith T. Winston’s inaugural director of the McMullen Museum, said the museum is honored that the Lynch family has entrusted her with this exceptional collection. “This is a transformational gift for the McMullen Museum, expanding our role as a vital educational resource available free not only to the Boston College community, but to all students and the public, wherever. ‘they lie,’ Netzer said.
A professor of art history in the Department of Art, Art History and Film at Boston College, Netzer said the museum will work in partnership with professors and students in British Columbia and with academics from around the world to initiate new research on the artwork and share new ideas and contemporary interpretations with its multiple audiences.
“The generosity of Carolyn and Peter Lynch and their focused and demanding collection over many decades has brightened the future of the McMullen Museum’s offerings in New England and beyond. We are deeply grateful to them. “
Lynch said he first became interested in art after visiting the Art Gallery as a child with his mother and repeatedly admiring John Singleton Copley’s masterpiece . Watson and the shark. His interest grew further after taking art history classes as a student at Boston College. In their 30s, he and Carolyn were part of a group of MFA collectors called “Young Seminarians,” whose primary focus was on furniture before they turned to painting. Her interest in collecting art grew after her marriage to Carolyn, who died in 2015.
“When we got married, Carolyn and I didn’t have the money to buy artwork, so the artwork collection came later. We loved having this art in our homes, but now is the time to give it away so that it can be studied and enjoyed by others.
Lynch said his personal favorites from the collection include the drawing of a family by Diego Rivera, the painting by Martin Johnson Heade Orchid and hummingbirds near a mountain lake, that of William Bradford Among the ice floes, and that of Albert Bierstadt Near the South Pass of the Rocky Mountains, which, said Lynch, inspired him to acquire after one of his more than 25 visits to national parks in the United States with his wife and three daughters.
“I know the collection was sought after by other museums, but I wanted it to go to my alma mater, which has greatly improved my life, and where my father taught math and physics, my wife proudly received an honorary degree in 2009, and my daughter Annie had four wonderful and productive years, ”said Lynch. “This donation will help enhance the exceptional work Nancy Netzer has done at the McMullen Museum. I hope many of our 10 grandchildren will go to British Columbia, where they and their classmates can admire the art our children have grown up admiring, and visitors from all over New England will come to see. the collection of this gem of a museum.
The Lynches have long supported Boston College and are among the school’s most generous benefactors. Their donations included a donation of over $ 10 million in 1999 to name the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and a donation of $ 20 million from 2010 to establish the Lynch Leadership Academy. , which trains and supports directors and aspiring directors across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“I am an extremely lucky person who has been so blessed in life,” said Lynch. “Donating this collection to Boston College is a little way for me to give back. “