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Harvard University Art Museum gets 31 works and $45M

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Today Harvard announced the gift from class of 1936 alumna Emily Rauh Pulitzer, a former curator at HUAM and wife of the late Joseph Pulitzer Jr. The gift is part of the Pulitzer family's ongoing philanthropy in support of the arts.

The complete list of bequeathals:
1. Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, Mask of Beethoven, c. 1905. Bronze with brown patina, partially gilded, hollow mask form (sand cast); 42.1 x 29.8 x 15.2 cm.
2. Constantin Brancusi, Sleeping Muse II, 1926. Polished bronze, 16.5 x 19.1 x 29.2 cm.
3. Constantin Brancusi, Torso, 1909. Plaster, 25.4 x 15.6 cm.
4. Aimé-Jules Dalou, Portrait of Georgette Dalou, 1876. Bronze with dark brown/black patina (lost wax); h.: 37.6 cm; h. w/ base: 51.6 cm.
5. André Derain, Sailing Ships, c. 1905. Oil on board (unvarnished), 25.2 x 34 cm.
6. Mark di Suvero, Ariel, 1970. Raw steel, partially painted yellow, 96.5 x 99.1 x 109.2 cm.
7. Alberto Giacometti, Portrait of David Sylvester, 1960. Oil on canvas, 116.2 x 88.9 cm.
8. Alberto Giacometti, Tête qui Regarde, 1930. White marble, 41 x 29.5 x 7.9 cm.
9. Michael Heizer, Untitled # 2, 1967-72. Three joined panels cotton duck; top and bottom painted with black pigment, aluminum powder and PVA; middle panel left raw, 221 x 444.5 cm.
10. Donald Judd, Stack, 1970. Stainless steel, violet Plexiglas; 10 boxes; Overall h.: 320 cm.
11. Roger de La Fresnaye, Still Life with Set-Square on Black Disk, c. 1913. Oil on canvas, 64.5 x 65 x 54 x 54 cm.
12. Roy Lichtenstein, Sleeping Muse, 1983. Bronze, 65.4 x 86.4 x 10.2 cm.
13. Jacques Lipchitz, Still Life with Musical Instruments, 1918. Stone relief, 60 x 74.9 cm.
14. Jacques Lipchitz, Gertrude Stein, 1921. Bronze, 34.3 x 19.1 x 25.4 cm.
15. Joan Miró, Woman in the Night, 1945. Oil on canvas, 129.5 x 162.6 cm.
16. Amedeo Modigliani, Head of a Woman, 1941. Limestone, h.: 66 cm.
17. Bruce Nauman, Henry Moore Bound to Fail, 1967-70. Cast iron; 64.8 x 58.4 x 8.9 cm.
18. Barnett Newman, Untitled, 1949. Oil on canvas, 60.3 x 15.9 cm.
19. Claes Oldenburg, Baked Potato, 1963. Exterior skin and two pieces of butter: burlap soaked in plaster, painted with enamel; interior: jersey stuffed with kapok, 17.6 x 35.1 x 24 cm.
20. Pablo Picasso, Harlequin, 1918. Oil on canvas, 147.3 x 67.3 cm.
21. Pablo Picasso, Landscape, 1909. Oil on canvas, 39.1 x 47.3 cm.
22. Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1938. Pastel and ink on commercially pre-primed canvas with sand texture, 58.4 x 49.8 cm.
23. Richard Pousette-Dart, Imploding Light, 1967. Oil on canvas, 203.2 x 203.2 x 5.1 cm.
24. Medardo Rosso, Carne Altrui, 1883. Wax over plaster, 23.5 x 22.2 x 17.1 cm.
25. Medardo Rosso, Ecce Puer, 1906. Bronze (with investment), 43.8 x 24.8 cm.
26. Richard Serra, Untitled (Corner Prop Piece), 1969. Lead plate and lead pole rolled around one-inch steel pipe; plate: 121.9 x 121.9 cm; pole: 151.8 cm, diam.: 7.6 cm.
27. Joel Shapiro, Chasm, 1976. Cast iron, 30.5 cm.
28. Rebecca Salsbury Strand, Devout Woman (Painting of Saint), 1932. Painting on glass, 25.1 x 20 cm.
29. Richard Tuttle, Untitled, 1967. Tintex dye on shaped, hemmed, unstretched canvas; 130.8 x 142.9 cm.
30. Jacques Villon, Portrait of Joseph Pulitzer, 1955. Oil on canvas, 61 x 46 cm.
31. Edouard Vuillard, Self-Portrait, c. 1892. Oil on canvas, 38.4 x 45.9 cm.

This is why you stay in touch with wealthy alumni and remind them, ever so gently, that there's always a home waiting for their fortune and their art collections.

Thanks to Emily, but let's just hope that Harvard makes it easy (e.g. free) for us to enjoy these works for posterity.

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Christian Holland is an aspiring New York City-based essayist who likes writing about how New York City isn't the center of the world. He was executive editor and founding contributor of Big, Red & Shiny, and sat on the publication's board for V2.

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