S otheby’s is honored to present works from the collection of legendary philanthropist and collector Mrs. John L. Marion. A testament to her taste and foresight, the present selection of works encapsulates the essential achievements of Post-War Abstract painting, and places these masterpieces in dialogue with the very best of American Pop. Taken together, the collection reflects myriad developments that took place over the course of the Twentieth Century, and testifies to its creator’s extraordinary vision.
The collection encompasses a broad swath of important schools. The Old Master paintings from the Marion collection include masterful large-scale works by the greatest still life and bird painters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, such as Jakob Bogdány and Melchior d’Hondecoeter. Much like the original royal and noble collectors of these paintings, modern collectors like Mrs. Marion continue to appreciate the elegance and exoticness found in the diversity of species, bold color palettes, and attention to natural detail in the works. Such paintings serve as a permanent menagerie or aviary for the collector to enjoy.
The collection is rounded out by dynamic sculptures from master artists such as Marino Marini, vibrant prints from celebrated artists David Hockney, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns, and jewelry, all of which capture Mrs. Marion’s exquisite taste.
The Rancher’s Spirit: the Philanthropic Heart and Collecting Eye of Anne Marion