The Art of Collecting

The Art of Collecting

 With art historian Stanley Johnson ·


Thursday, November 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Free for members / $10 Non-members
54 W. Chicago Avenue


To collect art is a complex and demanding passion. It involves having the flair of a sleuth, the savoir of an historian, the discipline of a librarian, the sensuality of an esthete, and so much more.

Discover the secrets of the trade and how to seek, locate, acquire, catalogue, display, and store art works with Stanley Johnson, a lifelong collector known for his Old Masters and French Impressionists collection.

With the exception of two years as a spy and U.S. liaison officer in occupied Vienna, which ended on Sept. 14, 1955, Stanley Johnson has spent most of his early life studying art in Europe. He studied for nine years with André Chastel, one of the greatest art history professors of 20th century, at the Sorbonne Institut d’Art et d’Archéologie in Paris.

A Renaissance man and a citizen of the world, Mr Johnson has also lived in Geneva, Florence, and Mexico City —and is fluent in French, Spanish, and German.

Mr. Johnson has published over 150 historically significant publications on art collections including major articles for the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and Print Quarterly in London.

He wrote the commemorative article on the death of Picasso for the Encyclopedia Britannica.

More recently, Stanley and Ursula Johnson’s  private collection was showcased at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Milwaukee Art Museum where Degas to Picasso : Creating Modernism in France drew more than 100,000 visitors.

Stanley Johnson was formally recognized for his artistic contributions and named Officier des Arts et des Lettres by then French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, an honor bestowed on very few in the Midwest, and that he shares with the likes of Faye Dunaway in the U.S.