Josephine Ford leaves masterpieces to the DIA

The late Josephine Ford, granddaughter of Henry Ford, bequeathed several art masterpieces to the DIA, according to an article in yesterday’s Detroit Free Press.


Ford, who died last June at age 81, was a lover of the arts and a long-time supporter of the DIA. It has been estimated that she gave $40 million to the DIA during her lifetime.

Her last gift to the DIA includes pieces by Picasso, Degas, Matisse, Renoir, Chagall and Modigliani. She also left a piece of furniture, described as a low chest or dressing table, circa 1770. The maker of this item was unknown.

In addition to her bequests to the DIA, Ford also left a record $50 million for the College of Creative Studies, an announcement that was made last month at the North American International Auto Show.

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