When was the last time you have ever been excited to see new artwork at a museum? Well, here comes your golden opportunity. The Art Museum has received 22 pieces of new artwork, formerly in possession by Emily Rauh Pulitzer. As it turns out, this may be one of the most striking additions that the museum has received in over 142 years. Of the gifts, there is a healthy helping of paintings and sculptures by all sorts of European and American artists. There are also major works by significant artists of the past 20th century. Most notably, Joan Miró, Constantin Brancusi, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The works are supposedly looking to be transferring to a museum at or before the death of Emily Rauh Pulitzer.
Of course, this isn’t the only artwork that has been brought before the St. Louis Art Museum.
Between 1947 and 1967, Louise and her man, Joseph Pulitzer have given about 76 artwork pieces. Marrying Joseph in 1973, the two would continuously support the museum with forty-nine more artwork pieces.
Though Joseph died, Emily would ring in the new millenium with a 2001 purchase of a Jackson Pollock painting “Number 3, 1950.” She would go on to fund art acquisitions all over, including a purchase of 382 Max Beckmann prints within the year of 2002. From there, an acquisition of “Grey Space (distractor)” by Julie Mehretu in 2006. The director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, Min Jung Kim, had this to say, when reflecting on Emily’s role as an art historian. “Emily Pulitzer has few equals as a curator, board member and generous, public-spirited donor to the great civic and educational institutions in this country. These works are, by themselves, an art historical primer. They will become part of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s permanent collection and, joining other works given by the Pulitzer family, will cement this institution’s reputation as one of the premier art museums anywhere.”