3 Eakins From Hirshhorn to be Sold

thomas-eakins-study-for-portrait-of-mrs-charles-l-leonardHaving worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for two years, the item in yesterday’s Post concerning the upcoming sale of 3 works by Thomas Eakins caught my attention.

The Hirshhorn has a very solid collection by Eakins, and I know that the deaccessioning of these three pieces will not impact the quality of the Museum’s collection. In fact, I think the timing is excellent. The Hirshhorn recently got a new director, and I know that funds supporting collections are tight.

Since the sale of the paintings will infuse cash into the collection development budget, this give the new director, and curatorial staff, and opportunity to assess the state of the collection, and pursue development in areas where holes may exist, or secure key works by artists that are not well represent.

This is what great museums do, and I’m looking forward to seeing how much the Eakins bring and what that money will be used for.

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