During 1968, an unusually large and important group of acquisitions entered the collections of The Brooklyn Museum. Major works obtained by the six curatorial departments - by purchase, or through gifts and loans - are shown in a special exhibition on view at the Museum from February 25 through March 30.
The Department of Paintings and Sculpture is showing, among others, Claude Monet’s “Houses of Parliament, Effect of Sunlight” (1903) and “Islands at Port-Villez” (1897), John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of Jane, Lady Huntington” (1898), Hans Hofmann’s “Towering Spaciousness” (1956) as well as works by Rembrandt Peale, William Sidney Mount, and George Bellows.
The selection from the Department of Decorative Arts includes two rare New York Queen Anne side chairs, each with its original needlework upholstery, and a bridesmaid’s dress of brocaded pink gauze, popular in the mid-19th century, from New England.
The Department of Ancient Art shows an impressive life-size royal torso in dark stone, modeled with unusual realism, from Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, and an Attic black-figured vase from 540 B.C., an amusing work done by the famous “Swing Painter.”
A Nagaraja, or serpent king, from the Kushan-Amathura region of India, dating from the 2nd century, is included in the works presented by the Department of Oriental Art. A Nagaraja of this period is a rarity in American collections.
Shown by the Department of Prints and Drawings are three studies of the human figure by the 19th century American artist, Daniel Huntington, and a group of caricatures by David Levine.
A small ceramic figure from Tembladera, a new excavation site in Peru, and a statue of a royal ancestor made by the Luba tribe in the Congo Republic, are among a number of examples displayed by the Department of Primitive Art.
“Recent Acquisitions - 1968” represents an impressive and varied addition to the Museum’s collections, and pays tribute to the many donors who have made these additions possible.