"I first saw Flaming June
five years ago at the Frick Collection in New York. It was a single painting exhibition and I was writing an article for Vanity Fair
. I didn’t realize then how much its celebrity depended on Jeremy Maas. When he bought the painting in 1963, Victorian art was on the wane—Flaming June
had been abandoned in an empty house, sold to a framer (who sold its frame), and then to a barber with a sideline selling pictures. Maas hung Flaming June
in his fledging Mayfair gallery, and sold it to Luis A. Ferré, founder of Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Maas then put it on the cover of his Victorian Painters
, the first critical survey of its kind.
Today, Flaming June
is called ‘the Mona Lisa of the Southern Hemisphere’, and I’m delighted to wish the Maas Gallery a very well-deserved Happy Birthday!"
- Patrick Monahan, Journalist