Antal Post de Bekessy is a doyen of the Austrian art world and hails from a distinguished collecting family. His grandmother was philanthropist and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post, heir to the Postum Cereal Company (later General Foods) fortune. Marjorie built up an unrivalled collection of French and Russian eighteenth and nineteenth-century paintings and works of art, which can still be seen at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington D.C. Through his support of institutions in both Vienna and New York, including the Viennese State Opera, Vienna’s Museum for Applied Arts, the Albertina, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Frick Collection, Antal Post de Bekessy continues the example of patronage set by his grandmother.
Marjorie Merriweather Post with her three daughters, including Anton’s mother-to-be, Eleanor.
Though taking inspiration from Marjorie’s vision, Antal developed a taste very much his own, focusing on the acquisition of great works of Austrian art from the Biedermeier to the early twentieth century. The collection is not only an expression of Antal’s passion as a collector but of his pride in Austria’s history, and includes many of the great names that have defined Austrian art since 1800, including major examples by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Rudolf Alt, Carl Moll, Herbert Boeckl, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. The paintings are complemented by modernist sculpture by Alexander Archipenko, Giacomo Manzú and Arnaldo Pomodoro. Works from the Antal Post de Bekessy’s collection will be offered over the course of the next six months in Sotheby’s sales in Paris and London.