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The Fort Worth Museum bought a $22 million painting. The Louvre says not so fast

The fate of an 18th-century painting of wild strawberries is uncertain.

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth bought the painting by French painter Jean Siméon Chardin at an auction in March for more than $22 million, according to a report published this week in The New York Times.

“It’s deceptively simple, and it’s absolutely captivating and it’s magical,” said Eric Lee, museum director. The temperature. “The painting completely mesmerized me, and it mesmerizes almost everyone who sees it.”

But the Louvre has requested that the work be classified as a “national treasure” and is fighting against its export to Texas, according to the newspaper. The museum is looking for sponsors to acquire it. According to French law, the export can be frozen for 30 months, or two and a half years.

“We are fully mobilized to bring it into the national collection,” said Laurence des Cars, president and director of the Louvre. Le Figaro in March.

Painted in 1761, Basket of wild strawberrieswas rediscovered a century later, then resurfaced in 20th century retrospectives in Paris, The temperature reported.

Recently, the work was sent from a private collection to New York’s Adam Williams Fine Art gallery on the Upper East Side.

The Kimbell was aware it might not be able to get an export license, but museum officials thought the painting was worth the effort and waited, Lee said. The temperature.

“It’s a global treasure and it should be seen in front of the public,” Lee said. “It shouldn’t be hidden away in a private collection. And so it is absolutely essential that a chart like this is made available to the public.

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