"Le Tricorne," a 19-foot (5.8-meter) tall canvas completed in
1919 for the Ballet Russes, will find a new home at the New York
Historical Society in coming months, said Peg Breen, president
of the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
A staple of the Four Season's decor since 1959, "Le Tricorne"
was at risk of losing its display space after the owner of
Seagram Building, in which the restaurant is located, said the
artwork could no longer be accommodated.
"We are deeply grateful to the New York Historical for having
stepped forward to help safeguard this cultural treasure," Breen
said. "Our goal was to keep it in New York and keep it in a
The piece was donated to the Landmarks Conservancy in 2005 by
French entertainment company Vivendi Universal.
The fate of the artwork had even made its way to court, with
Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen arguing the canvas could no
longer keep its prominent position greeting rich and powerful
diners because the wall behind it was crumbling.
With the offer from the New York Historical Society to house and
display the curtain, Rosen has agreed to pay for removing the
curtain, conservation work and relocation, Breen said.
"It's going to be a complicated and tricky move," she said.
The artwork is expected to be in place on the second story of
the Historical Society in coming months.
"Le Tricorne" depicts a crowd watching a bullfight and was one
part of a larger curtain that hung over a Paris ballet
production by the same name.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Eric Beech)
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