“the first and probably the only van Gogh painting in a public institution in the Northwest.”
“Fred Sohn grew up in Germany and was among the fortunate members of his extended Jewish family who survived the Holocaust. Frances was raised primarily in New York City where great art museums were part of her childhood. The couple, married for 67 years, received this painting from Frances' parents, Cora and Julius Fohs, in 1960. Her father purchased the painting in 1950.
The van Gogh painting is the most valuable gift to the Museum since Portland residents and long-time Museum patrons Roger and Laura Meier gave a landmark suite of Toulouse-Lautrec prints, Les Elles, in 2003.”
(photo above: that priceless Van Gogh,
, courtesy of Portland Art Museum)