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Published on July 12, 2019

The first Elaine de Kooning painting to enter the MMFA's collection, thanks to Roslyn Margles

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is thrilled to make the acquisition of a masterpiece of Abstract Expressionism by Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989), a seminal figure in this movement who was also an art professor and critic. This acquisition was made possible thanks to the profound generosity of philanthropist Roslyn Margles. Her monetary gift enabled the Museum to purchase Bill at St. Mark’s, one of De Kooning’s most important paintings. This exceptional artwork is the first piece by the artist to enter the MMFA's collection. It is now on display for the public in the MMFA’s Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace.

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Photo: From left to right: Danielle Champagne, Director General of the MMFA Foundation; Émilie L. Cayer, Assistant Director - Planned Giving and Major Gifts, MMFA Foundation; Hilliard T. Goldfarb, Senior Curator – Collections and Curator of Old Masters, MMFA; Roslyn Margles, donor; and Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator, MMFA. Photo: Sébastien Roy

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