Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Art Museum Buys Friedrich Painting for $2.75 Million

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Art Museum Buys Friedrich Painting for $2.75 Million

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A small landscape by German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich was bought Wednesday for $2.75 million by the St. Louis Art Museum.

Previously owned by a private collector, "Sunburst in the Riesengebirge" joins the museum's extensive collection of German Expressionism when it goes on view early next year.

In announcing the sale, the museum said in a news release: "Paintings by Friedrich seldom come on the market. In the United States, the artist is represented in the collections of only a small number of museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, and J. Paul Getty Museum."

Museum director Brent R. Benjamin said in the release that as "the leading German painter of the first half of the 19th century, Friedrich had an extraordinary influence on the generations of German artists who followed him. 'Sunburst in the Riesengebirge' will have a transformative presence as a cornerstone of the Saint Louis Art Museum's renowned collection of modern German art."

The museum holds the world's largest collection of paintings by German Max Beckmann, along with works by Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter.

"Sunburst in the Riesengebirge," which is about 10 by 12½ inches, has been estimated as from the 1820s-30s. …

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