The Dancers,” an 1898 pastel by Degas
Three Free Circles,” a watercolor and ink by Kandinsky
The additions include three portraits of Dora Maar, with whom Picasso lived for a decade beginning in the mid-1930s, and “Head of a Woman,” a late Rose-period painting from the fall of 1906.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced Wednesday that it had been promised a gift of 130 mostly Modernist works, including 20 by Picasso, a group of 21 watercolors and paintings by Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky and sculptures by Alberto Giacometti. The museum described the gift as a “transformative addition” to its collection that “in many cases represents Lacma’s first major work by that artist.”
The gift came from Janice and Henri Lazarof, longtime collectors and Los Angeles residents. Mr. Lazarof, a well-known composer who was born in Bulgaria in 1932, is a professor emeritus in music at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In a news release issued after an article in The Los Angeles Times detailed the gift, the museum described it as “fractional and promised.”
Stephanie Barron, senior curator of modern art at the museum, said in an interview that the museum now owns a small percentage of every work in the Lazarof collection, and that the remainder would be transferred over time. (Fractional giving tends to benefit donors because the tax deduction for each partial gift rises from year to year as the work appreciates in value.)