McDermotts’ Personal Art Collection Becomes Their ‘Enduring Legacy’ at DMA
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McDermotts’ Personal Art Collection Becomes Their ‘Enduring Legacy’ at DMA

Barrell Vault June 2018 When Jac Alder, Theatre Three’s late Executive Director-Producer, returned from a lunch at Margaret McDermott’s home, he could not stop talking about one piece of art he admired in the most unexpected location. “There was a Picasso in the bathroom,” Alder exclaimed. That Picasso, along with 31 other artworks that graced the McDermotts’ dining room, sitting rooms, bedrooms, hallways and bathrooms are now on display through February 17 as a part of An Enduring Legacy: The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art at the Dallas Museum of Art . This personal collection of masterworks by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Georges Braque, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henry Moore and many others represents the love affair with art Eugene and Margaret McDermott shared during their 19-year marriage. It was bequeathed to the DMA following Margaret McDermott’s death at the age of 106 on May 3. Eugene McDermott, Texas Instruments’ co-founder who died in 1973, served on the DMA’s Board. Margaret McDermott served as a trustee of the DMA for 57 years. This private collection joins over 3,100 pieces of art the McDermotts donated to the DMA over six decades. […]

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