The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass
The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass is a selection of paintings and sculptures amassed by two pillars of Texas philanthropy and business. From this collection of Impressionist to post–World War II art, 37 works of painting and sculpture will be on view, including an impressive pair of paintings by Van Gogh—Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888, and Enclosed Field with Plowman, 1889—and a major still life by Picasso, Fruit Dish, Bottle, and Guitar, 1923. Important paintings by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Vuillard, Bonnard, Matisse, Miró, Léger, Chagall and Rothko and sculptures by Rodin, Maillol and Segal will also be on view.
Perry Richardson Bass, the nephew of Texas oilman Sid W. Richardson, was born in 1914 in Wichita Falls, Texas, and married Nancy Lee, a Fort Worth native, in 1941. The couple had four sons, Sid Richardson Bass, Edward Perry Bass, Robert Muse Bass and Lee Marshall Bass, who together have provided leadership and philanthropy to organizations around the country, among them the redevelopment of downtown Fort Worth, which is recognized today as one of the most "livable downtowns in the country." The cornerstone of the city center, the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, which opened in 1998, was one of the leading projects in that revitalization. Mr. Bass died in 2006 and Mrs. Bass in 2013.
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