CHARLES BIERER WRIGHTSMAN, PHILANTHROPIST, IS DEAD AT 90
Published: May 28, 1986
Charles Bierer Wrightsman, a retired oil executive, art collector and philanthropist whose many gifts enriched the Metropolitan Museum of Art, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90 years old and also maintained homes in Palm Beach, Fla., and London.
Among the donations made to the museum in his name and that of his wife, the former Jayne Larkin, were the eight Wrightsman Rooms, furnished and decorated in the style of 18th-century France, and three galleries for exhibiting furnishings and art objects from the same period.
Among the paintings that he gave to the museum were works by El Greco, Vermeer, Rubens, Georges de La Tour, Jacques-Louis David and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.
In 1979, hailing the Wrightsmans' gift of an El Greco and a de La Tour, Philippe de Montebello, the museum's director, said:
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Claim to Fame: president of the Standard Oil Company of Kansas