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THE PROPERTY OF EDWARD I. BERNSTEIN
Edward I. Bernstein's friendship with Dame Elisabeth Frink began in the late 1970s after his brother Benjamin introduced him to the artist during a visit to the United Kingdom. Edward and Benjamin subsequently became major patrons of her work, each amassing important collections.
While Edward and Benjamin lived primarily in the United States of America, business and personal travel allowed for frequent trips to the United Kingdom where they would spend time with Frink and her husband at their home at Woolland in Dorset. The photographs of the brothers with Frink, surrounded by her work, bear witness to the many happy hours they spent with the artist.
Edward and Ben were only too happy to support public exhibitions of Frink's work in America, where the artist was just beginning to establish a reputation. As the quality of the works the Bernsteins possessed made their participation in such events highly desirable, many items from their collections were loaned to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., for the exhibition of her Sculptures and Drawings in 1990. This exhibition, marking the third anniversary of the museum in its permanent home, was the artist's first major American retrospective and established her presence on the international art scene.
While Ben ultimately donated the majority of his collection to American universities such as Villanova and Carnegie Mellon, Edward chose to house his collection of works by Frink in his Philadelphia residence.
Edward Bernstein's collection is highly personal and sensitive. With a strong emphasis on the human figure, the group spans the range of Frink's work; from the gentle humility of Blind Beggar and Dog, 1957, to the presence and power of the four Tribute Heads, 1975.
We are delighted to be offering the following nine works from the collection of Edward I. Bernstein.