Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, Inc., New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1968
Property from the Collection of Robert and Jean Shoenberg
Christie's is honored to offer for sale paintings and works of art from the Collection of Robert and Jean Shoenberg.
The Collection, comprising Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, Prints, Jewelry and African and Oceanic Art, will be sold over the course of the Fall and Winter 2008 seasons. Furnishings and decorations selected from the Shoenberg home will be offered in an Interiors Sale in Spring 2009.
The Shoenberg Family was integral in the philanthropic and cultural life of St. Louis for the better part of the 20th century. The generous contributions of the family and the Shoenberg Foundation are evidenced in the Contemporary Collection of the St Louis Art Museum where Robert Shoenberg served on the board for many years.
Entering the Shoenberg house on Westmoreland Place in St. Louis was to step back a half century . The decor, a glamorous design created in 1950 by the New York firm of McMillen Inc., was enhanced by its owners, finely attuned art collectors, who personalized the house during the ensuing years. With their extraordinary taste and eye for the best contemporary art being created at the time, they covered the walls with outstanding paintings by Rothko, Kelly and Lichtenstein, while upstairs prints mirrored the painting collection with works by Johns, Frankenthaler, Motherwell and Barnett Newman. In addition the Tribal Art collection, begun in the 50's, belied an interest in the world beyond the Americas. The jewelry collection spoke to the history of the family, recording marriages and births, holidays and the bonds between the couple. The Collection as a whole represents a vanished time, a world of glamour and cultivation, but also a time of values and social responsibility, a different America.
The St. Louis Art Museum, Contemporary Masterpieces from the Shoenberg Foundation, December 1981-January 1982.