Anne Bass passed away on Wednesday, that is the 1 of April 2020. The cause of Bass’ death was complications from battling a long time illness.

Anne Bass(Photo Courtesy: Ron Galella via Getty Images)

Bass was a common figure of the New York social scene in the 80s and 80s. She was an influential investor of the arts and a generous philanthropist.

Personal Life

Bass, born and bought up in Indianapolis, studied at Vassar College. She majored art history and Italian literature. After graduating, she married Sid Richardson Bass, a Texas oil tycoon.

The painter Julian Lethbridge, her long time partner and her two daughters survive the art collector. Her daughters are Hyatt, a novelist and Samantha, a photographer.

Lethbridge and she were held hostage at her Connecticut estate by three men and later her butler was found guilty.

Bass’ contributions to art

Anne had a keen taste in the Abstract Expressionists, American Pop art and French Impressionism. While in New York, Anne commissioned for Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior. She later gifted many of her couture and commissioned pieces to the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bass is a philanthropist and champion of art institutes because of her donations; she also sat on the board of several. Some of the art institutes include; the Museum of Modern Art, the New York City Ballet, the New York Public Library, New York Botanical Garden and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Architectural Commissions

The Bass House, commissioned by Anne in 1970, is an infamous house in Fort Worth. Completed in 1976, it is one of the most ambitious residential designs by Paul Rudolph, a modern architect.

Bass House in Fort Worth(Courtesy: Paul Rudolph Foundation via Paper City)

In the 1980s, the Basses moved to New York. They presided over a Rosario Candela-designed apartment building on Fifth Avenue.


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