Gracious! George Lucas revealed as owner of ‘Saying Grace’
August 31st, 2016
George Lucas, the billionaire filmmaker whose family keeps him forever tied to Chicago, is revealing more about himself every day to folks in San Francisco.
The latest news says he was the secret buyer in 2013 of Norman Rockwell’s “Saying Grace.”
The San Francisco Chronicle says the painting, which sold at Sotheby’s for a reported $46 million, will be part of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
“Saying Grace” is one of Rockwell’s most iconic pieces. It was made famous as an illustration in Saturday Evening Post.
Earlier this week, the Chronicle revealed other paintings and pieces of art that are to be part of the as-yet-to-be-built museum.
Lucas, as you know, first tried to have his museum built at Crissy Field in San Francisco. Rejected there, he worked to bring it to Chicago, where he was challenged by a little nonprofit that didn’t want him to build so close to Lake Michigan–even though that location was on top of a parking lot.
Now San Francisco and Los Angeles are back in the running for the museum–and “Saying Grace.”
Lucas appears to be taking a different tack than he did in Chicago. His team was vague about the extent of specific pieces of art in his collection. You have to wonder whether the issue of open space would have been raised had he community known what artwork was within reach.
Lucas was married in Chicago to businesswoman Mellody Hobson. They live on Michigan Avenue with their young daughter.