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date: 22 November 2019

Sackler, Arthur M.locked

(b New York, Aug 22, 1913; d New York, May 26, 1987).
  • S. J. Vernoit


(b New York, Aug 22, 1913; d New York, May 26, 1987).

American psychiatrist and collector. He began to collect art after graduating from medical school and during the 1940s sought medieval and early Renaissance paintings as well as Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. He also actively supported contemporary American painters. In 1950 he began to collect Asian art. At first interested in Chinese ceramics, he later turned also to Chinese bronzes, jades and sculptures, as well as to Near Eastern and Indian sculptures and paintings. He bequeathed a vast proportion of his Asian collections to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, where he assisted with funding the construction of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The Gallery, which contains Sackler’s Chinese, South Asian, South-east Asian and West Asian collections, constitutes the basis of the museum’s holdings of Asian Art. He died a few months before the Gallery was opened to the public.

Obituary, New York Times (27 May 1987)R. W. Bagley: Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections...

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