Budget woes have you in a tizzy? No worries, sell some art! What a wonderful asset to own (and such an appropriate piece for a library), and what a difficult decision to have to make. I’m hoping that is it not out of dire need that the library is considering the sale . . . what a treasure!
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “The Milwaukee Public Library board will meet Tuesday to discuss the possible sale or permanent loan of one of its treasures, ‘The Bookworm,’ the most famous canvas by German romantic painter Carl Spitzweg.” According to Paula Kiely (the Director of the Milwaukee Public Library), an undisclosed party has made an offer on the work (which is reportedly valued in the neighborhood of $400,000). Apparently there are three versions of this particular painting: the first version (painted circa 1850) currently resides in the Museum Georg Schäfer in Schweinfurt and was originally listed under the title “The Librarian;” the second version, an exemplar of the first, was painted a year later and found its way into the hands of an art collection in New York City and was eventually bequeathed to the Milwaukee Public Library in the early 1970s; a third version was painted in 1884 and is owned by a private collector.