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National Gallery wants to buy Jacques-Louis David painting with proceeds from Chagall sale

National Gallery wants to buy Jacques-Louis David painting with proceeds from Chagall sale
From CBC - April 16, 2018

The National Gallery of Canada wants to buy a Jacques-Louis David painting with the money it will get by selling a Marc Chagall piece.

Questions were raised when the gallery announced it was looking to sellThe Eiffel Towerby Chagall at an auction next month.

The gallery would only say it would use the expected $6 to $9 million the Chagall piece will likely fetch next month to buy an important work of "national heritage" that could leave the country.

On Monday, the gallery revealed what that painting is:Saint Jerome Hears the Trumpet of the Last Judgment,painted in 1779 by French artist Jacques-Louis David.

The gallery said in a news release it has the most comprehensive collection of French art in Canada, but a "glaring exception" is an important work by David.

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