Missing picture hung “untouched” in the apartment in New York for 60 years
There are things! A woman discovered a painting that had been missing for decades in her neighbor’s apartment. The picture by US artist Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) is now part of the exhibition on loan, announced the New York Metropolitan Museum. It belongs to the series “Struggle: From the History of the American People” made in the 1950s, which the Metropolitan Museum is currently exhibiting, and of which five paintings were considered missing.
She was not aware of the art-historical significance of the picture
The woman had seen the exhibition and immediately thought of the painting in her neighbour’s apartment on the Upper West Side, not far from the Metropolitan Museum. Back home, she encouraged her neighbors to contact the museum.
The neighbors bought the picture for a small sum at a local charity auction in 1960 – and, according to their own statements, were not aware of its art historical relevance. “A friend looked at the exhibition and said,” There’s a white spot on the wall and I think that’s where your picture belongs, “said the owner of the New York Times.
“A discovery of this importance in modern art is rare”
“I felt I owed it to both the artist and the Met to allow the picture to be shown.” She was 27 when she and her husband bought it. “The picture has been hanging untouched in my living room for 60 years.”
The museum was finally able to confirm that it was the original. “A discovery of this importance in modern art is rare,” said the Austrian director of the Metropolitan Museum, Max Hollein. “And it’s exciting that a local visitor is responsible for it.”
Jacob Lawrence is a African American artist. He painted the picture at the time of the civil rights movement.