A painting by Thomas Hart Benton and photographs by Andy Warhol are among the 331 works from the Corcoran Gallery of Art acquired by the National Gallery of Art in January.
The court-approved deal allowed the National Gallery to take custody of the Corcoran’s 17,000-piece collection and gave it the right of first refusal to the works. After the National Gallery makes its decisions, it will help Corcoran board members distribute the remaining 9,000 works to other organizations, preferably ones in Washington.
The National Gallery acquired an initial group of 6,430 in February of 2015, followed by 1,541 in October. About 75 works from the Corcoran on are on view in its galleries.
The National Gallery’s Board of Trustees also acquired a painting by Dutch master Frans van Mieris, a trompe l’oeil painting by an unknown 17th-century Dutch artist, and an artist’s book with 80 woodcuts by Joan Miró.
Benton’s “Martha’s Vineyard” is among the highlights of the Corcoran works. Most of the works are photographs, including 158 by Warhol that the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts gave to the Corcoran in 2008. Other works are by Mexican photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo, and American photographers Berenice Abbott and Benedict J. Fernandez.