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Oil on Canvas, 1934. Adelaide Milton de Groot. Allegorical and bounding with symbolism in this striking painting by New York artist DeGroot. 60" x 40"

The permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, includes a large number of paintings by Adelaide Milton de Groot.
Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), a painter, art collector and philanthropist, was born in New York City and moved with her family to Nice, France, in 1891. For the next 40 years she lived abroad, traveling extensively on the continent and in North Africa. Her affluent socialite family had indulged her desire to be painter, but only with the understanding that she not try to sell any of her works. De Groot set up a studio on the Left Bank, and in the early 1930's had an exhibition there.

In 1933, Miss de Groot returned to the states to take up residence once again in New York City. Valentine Gallery, NYC, mounted a one-woman exhibition of de Groot's paintings in 1936, where in a review in the New York Times, her work was described as "allegorical."A New York Times review (Nov 1, 1958), of the retrospective exhibit of de Groot's paintings at the Hammer Gallery read: "A gentle realist of her chosen manner and through the years she has made a pictorial diary of scenes and persons encountered. These are detached in spirit and by far her best work." De Groot had begun building her art collection while in Paris the early 1920's, by which time she had already begun to achieve recognition as an artist herself. She particularly favored the works by late 19th and early 20th century French artists -- Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Utrillo, Sisley, Matisse, Picasso, Bonnard, and Modigliani among them.
From time to time de Groot lent paintings from her collection to galleries and museums for exhibitions, including a 1958 exhibit at New York's Perls Galleries, and an extended loan, ten years, later to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. De Groot's NY Times obituary, dated June 24, 1967, quotes her saying of her collection: "I never believed in shutting up pictures. I want them to be seen."

Upon her death in 1967, Ms. de Groot's vast collection of 212 paintings, in addition to those she had done herself, was bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum. A controversy arose, bringing severe criticism and an inquiry by the State Attorney General, when it was discovered that several of those paintings -- including important works by Van Gogh and Rousseau -- had been sold, contrary to the terms of the will.

This is an unreserved auction with no minimums. This is an online only sale. Items may be viewed upon appointment in New York City.

Condition: Small repair to the canvas in the upper right hand portion of the painting. See images. Notice to bidders: More detailed condition reports and additional photographs are available by request. The absence of a condition report does not imply that the lot is in excellent condition. Please message us through the online bidding platform or call Guernsey's at 212-794-2280 to request a more thorough condition report.

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De Groot, Surreal Evening Oil Painting

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