In the city: William Louis-Dreyfus's Art Collection

William Louis-Dreyfus
It isn't easy to describe Mr. Louis-Dreyfus's collection, which ranges from beach scenes by the midcentury Italian Leonardo Cremonini, to huge otherworldly animal paintings by George Boorujy, and a wall filled with the work of Bill Traylor, a self-taught African-American artist who was born into slavery and died in 1949. 

What makes "Generosity of Eye" compelling to watch is that Mr. Louis-Dreyfus, who served as chairman of Louis Dreyfus Holdings, a global conglomerate started by his great-grandfather in 1851, seems to have a pretty good nose for distinguishing the sacred from the profane. And he promotes art's sacramental aspects by collecting artists whose works have managed to maintain their purity, sometimes through no fault of their own, because they don't conform to current fashion.

By  Ralph Gardner JR.


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