Has the mystery acquisition tied to the National Gallery’s planned sale of a Chagall painting been solved?
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Quebec newspapers are speculating that the gallery is selling Chagall’s The Eiffel Tower at auction next month to finance the purchase of Jerome Heard the Trumpets of the Last Judgment, a 18th-century painting by the French painter Jacques-Louis David owned by the Notre-Dame de Québec parish in Quebec City.
“There is no formal agreement (to acquire the painting), but it’s true that we’ve talked a lot. The National Gallery of Canada was interested in acquiring the work, very interested,” Denis Bélanger, parish priest of Notre-Dame de Quebec told QMI Agency journalist Michel Bellemare.
Bélanger said the parish approached not only the National Gallery, but also the Musée de la Civilisation du Québec, the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The parish is selling the David painting to support the operation of two churches, Bélanger told QMI. He declined an interview request from Postmedia Wednesday.
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