The Bass marriage ended abruptly in 1986, when Mr. Bass left his spouse for the socialite Mercedes Kellogg. The tabloids reveled in each element of the romance, which reportedly started at a proper ball when Ms. Kellogg threw a dinner roll throughout the room at Mr. Bass.
The divorce, in 1988, left Ms. Bass with a settlement estimated at $200 million. She was in a position to maintain onto the home in Fort Value, in addition to a Manhattan pied-à-terre on Fifth Avenue and its lofty contents: work by Monet and Mark Rothko, and an unique bronze forged of Degas’s “Little 14-12 months-Outdated Dancer.”
In subsequent years, Ms. Bass grew to become considered one of New York’s most revered philanthropists, supporting, in giant however unflashy methods, the New York Botanical Backyard, the Museum of Fashionable Artwork and, particularly, the New York Public Library and its Jerome Robbins Dance Division, which is housed at Lincoln Middle and holds the most important archive on the historical past of dance on this planet.
Ms. Bass by no means remarried. She met Mr. Lethbridge, an achieved artist six years her junior, in 1993. He focuses on large-scale summary work that really feel rooted in nature, variously evoking winter tree branches, churning waves or rosy dawns.
Along with Mr. Lethbridge, Ms. Bass is survived by two daughters, Hyatt Bass, a novelist, and Samantha Bass, a photographer.
As a board member, Ms. Bass was typically described as brusque and implacable. In 1987, as a longtime trustee of the Fort Value Artwork Museum, she was blamed for a excessive institutional turnover: Inside a decade, three administrators and an interim director had arrived and departed briefly order. Even those that admired her exacting requirements could possibly be bothered by “the Bass physique depend,” as Texas Month-to-month put it, referring to the humanities directors who had failed to chop it in her eyes.