So, I’m gonna tell you something: IT MUST BE NICE TO BE A MELLON.
Bunny Mellon was kinda of a BFD in Washington. She designed the White House Rose Garden in 1961, and just, oh, hung around with the likes of Jackie Kennedy for fun. (She just about designed every Kennedy garden, incl. their place in Martha’s Vineyard.) She also styled the gardens for Hubert de Givency…
Right, like, THAT GIVENCY.
Anyway, this particular van Gogh work is a recent acquisition to the National Gallery of Art in DC. Turns out, even though the Mellons gave this work to the NGA in 1999, Bunny just went ahead and kept it in their house ’til her death in 2014.
Must be nice.