Elie Hirschfeld Acquires Francoise Gilot Painting, “Gingko Trees in Central Park”
Manhattan real estate businessman Elie Hirschfeld publicly announced the acquisition of “Gingko Trees in Central Park” (2002–2004, oil on canvas), an original painting by Francoise Gilot. Born in France in 1921, Gilot is a painter, critic, and author, famous for her ten year relationship with Picasso.
“‘Gingko Trees in Central Park’ holds great meaning to me because it depicts a special New York City scene and reminds me of the large ginkgo tree in the backyard of my parents’ home,” said Elie Hirschfeld. “I am honored to have purchased this painting and own a small part of a great history. Ms. Gilot is an inspiration to all, both as an artist and as a person. It was a pleasure getting to know Ms. Gilot through this acquisition, and I look forward to our ongoing friendship.”
In addition to her famous life associations and significant books highlighting her work, her paintings have graced the auction blocks of Sotheby’s and the walls of renowned galleries around the world. Currently, her internationally recognized work is being shown in Tokyo.
A recognized art collector, Elie Hirschfeld began his collection with “The Artists Show in Washington Square Park,” by Thomas Hart Benton. The now iconic collection has since grown to hundreds of New York scenes, including notable pieces such as Frank Stella’s “Squares,” Normal Rockwell’s “Gramercy Park,” and Andy Warhol’s “Brooklyn Bridge.” The private collection is currently housed in Elie’s several Manhattan homes.