Portrait of Georges de Batz, 1953 signed in Latin, inscribed 'San Francisco' and dated '1953' oil on canvas 129.5 x 86.5cm (51 x 34 1/16in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased at Bonhams, 15 August 2010, lot 5147
The collector and dealer Georges de Batz came to the United States from France in 1939. During his lifetime he organised several museum exhibitions and wrote a number of catalogues for John Hopkins University and the Wildenstein Galleries. He donated works to several museums including the Achenbach Graphics Art Council at the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His home in San Francisco was considered to be a private museum by scholars and collectors.