Art: Permanent Bliss

The Bliss collection of modern paintings in Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art is one of the greatest of its kind in the world. It was bequeathed three years ago by the late Lizzie P. Bliss on condition the Museum raise an endowment fund of $1,000,000 (TIME, May 25, 1931). This sum was subsequently reduced to $750.000 by Lizzie's brother, Cornelius Newton Bliss (Metropolitan Museum of Art trustee and Metropolitan Opera director). Last week the Museum announced that its endowment fund had reached $600.000, that Brother Cornelius had accepted this as earnest of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!