The Moderns is the fifth in a series of exhibitions exploring the collecting interests of Hamilton businessman Herman Herzog Levy, O.B.E. (1902-1990), the McMaster Museum of Art’s greatest benefactor to date.
Herman Levy’s association with McMaster University began in the 1930s. He attended art history lectures and classes in the 1940s and 50s, and supported educational efforts through, then anonymous, gifts. Levy’s earliest donations of art and antiquities date from the late 1940s, but his collection donation to the Museum in 1984 and subsequent Estate donation in 1990—more than 200 works and a generous bequest designated for collection purchases—radically transformed the collection and a cultural and education resource.
Levy’s collection interests were European art, maps and antiquities, which he approached with thorough research, conducted when travelling for business in Europe and subsequent trips across the globe. The Moderns looks at his passion for 20th century art, within the broader context of the McMaster collection.
The exhibition includes more than 30 works, some never before exhibited, by:
Henri Le Sidaner