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J. Paul Getty devoted most of his energies to the decorative arts; he collected paintings only fitfully. He began collecting art in the 1930s, and by World War II owned two major pictures: a portrait by Thomas Gainsborough of James Christie and a Rembrandt portrait that he later gave to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. During his lifetime, he concentrated on Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings. Since Getty's death in 1976, the collection has broadened with paintings from the Dutch and French schools such as Théodore Géricault's Portrait Study, and pictures by the French Impressionists and their successors, such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir's La Promenade.


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