Picasso and Cassatt art among pieces donated to Boston College
Works by Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer are among 30 works of art valued at over $ 20 million former student and legendary investment manager Peter Lynch donates to the art museum from Boston College.
BOSTON – Works by Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer are among 30 works of art valued at over $ 20 million former student and legendary investment manager Peter Lynch donates to the museum art from Boston College, the university announced on Tuesday.
The works – 27 paintings and three drawings – were collected by Lynch and his late wife Carolyn.
The donation includes a $ 5 million grant to support the curation and ongoing exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art of what will be called the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch Collection, making the total donation one of the most important in the history of Jesuit University.
Lynch, a 1965 graduate of Boston College and vice president of Fidelity Management and Research Co., said his goal was to inspire students and visitors to the museum as he was when he developed an appreciation for art as a boy on his visits to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
“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.” Lynch said in a statement. “All students 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.”
The collection includes Picasso’s drawing âHead; Homer’s painting “Grace Hoops”; and Cassatt’s watercolor âMother and Childâ.
The collection also includes works by John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt and Jack Butler Yeats.
Nancy Netzer, director of the McMullen Museum, called this a transformational gift that will be used to initiate new research into the works.
âI 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, âsaid Lynch.