PMA’s The William S. Paley Collection” closing soon

Henri Matisse, Seated Woman

The Portland Museum of Art’s wonderful summer show “The William S. Paley Collection” comes to a close Sept. 8. This spectacular exhibition of modern art showcases 61 works from the renowned Paley Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Paley was a formative and innovative leader in the radio and television world as President and Chairman of the Board at CBS and was drawn to modern art as a collector. Paley, inspired by trips abroad to Europe, began to collect art in the 1930s. He filled his homes with works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin, among others. Highlights of the exhibition will include Picasso’s superlative Boy Leading a Horse, 1905–1906, André Derain’s Bridge over the Riou, 1906, and Gauguin’s The Seed of the Areoi, 1892. The Portland Museum of Art is the only New England venue for the collection’s 2012–2014 North American tour. The exhibition is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. For more information visit