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Published on September 14, 2021

The MMFA acquires eight works on paper by Rembrandt, Tissot, Toulouse-Lautrec, Redon, Vuillard, Chagall and Brockhurst

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669), The Great Jewish Bride, 1635, etching, drypoint, engraving, state V/V. MMFA, gift of Freda and Irwin Browns. Photo MMFA, Jean François Brière

Thanks to a generous donation from Irwin and Freda Browns, the MMFA announces its acquisition of eight exceptional prints: The Great Jewish Bride (1635) by Rembrandt, Summer Evening (1881) by James Tissot, La Goulue (1894) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Young Woman (1887) and Perversity (1891) by Odilon Redon, The Two Sisters in law (1898-1899) by Édouard Vuillard, Self portrait with Decorated Hat (1928) by Marc Chagall and Adolescence (1932) by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst. These works spanning four centuries bear witness to these artists’ singular view of femininity.

Freda and Irwin Browns have one of the most distinguished private collections in Canada. For many years, this couple of Montreal collectors and philanthropists have generously contributed to enhancing the MMFA’s collection. Their recent donation of eight etchings, drypoints and lithographs dating from the 17th, 19th and 20th centuries have helped bolster the presence of European masters in the Museum’s graphic art collection, which is the largest of its kind in the country and includes prints, drawings and photographs.

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