Impressionist & Modern Art

A Collector's Impeccable Eye for Early Modernism

By Julia Sylvester

Works from the Jacqueline Fowler Collection are being offered in the Impressionist & Modern Art Online Sale, now open for bidding and closing 6 February.

NEW YORK - Jacqueline Fowler has spent a lifetime discovering and collecting exquisite works of art. She has immersed herself fully in this endeavor, trusting her impeccable eye and innate sense of quality to seek out treasures from across a wide range of artistic styles.

Jackie, as she is called by her friends, has not only been the faithful steward of such precious objects, she also has delighted in sharing them with numerous institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Wellesley College and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Reflecting on her many significant contributions to The Met, curatorial director of the Leeds Art Foundation Joseph Cunningham praised her unwavering dedication, remarking that “Jackie’s insightful collecting, profound generosity and longstanding support of American and European art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are inspiring to us. We admire her deep knowledge, exquisite taste and knack for finding the best of the best and generously sharing it with the public.” 

The works from the Jacqueline Fowler Collection featured in the Impressionist & Modern Art Online Sale (open for bidding through 6 February) include a number of key artists from the early 20th Century. Kurt Schwitters’ Z 70 Abstrakte Zeichnung (2) (Z 70 Abstract Drawing (2)) and Hannah Höch’s Werdende Ordnung offer respective interpretations on the “religion” of Dada, which matured in the anarchic and irrational atmosphere present in Europe following World War I.

Albert Gleizes and Auguste Herbin’s colorfully abstract gouaches illustrate how abstraction evolved from the Cubism pioneered by Picasso and Braque in the early 1910s. While marked by their diversity, the works from the Fowler collection provide outstanding examples of early Modernism and pay homage to the exacting eye of their owner.


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