A total of 33 Picassos, 17 Braques, 14 Légers and 14 works by Gris are headed to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art thanks to cosmetic’s heir Leonard Lauder. He’s donating $1 billion worth of Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures.
The New York Times reports that Lauder had built the collection of Cubist art over more than 40 years.
“Back then,” he said to The Times, “a lot was still available, because nobody really wanted it.” It was also relatively inexpensive because the fashion was for Impressionism and post-Impressionism.
You can view many of the pieces over at The New York Times.