Artwork owned by Andy Warhol becomes Barber Institute’s first nude

An early 20th century painting which was once owned by Andy Warhol has become the first nude ever purchased by the Barber Institute.

Miss Bentham, by American realist George Bellows, is to go on display in the gallery at the University of Birmingham from today (February 3).

The painting represents a return to major purchases for the Barber and director Nicola Kalinsky said it now becomes only the second UK public collection to own a work by this key modern artist.

Miss Bentham was owned by pop artist Andy Warhol from 1985 until his death in 1987.

Ms Kalinsky said: “It fits in extremely well with the strengths of our gallery as a historical collection, but it takes us into new areas too.

“The painting is very American and very much of its time, strengthening and expanding our representation of early 20th-century art.”

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