An introduction to decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum
I suddenly became aware that furniture could have great artistic and aesthetic merit… one would have to be a totally insensitive clod not to respond to the environment and to be impressed and influenced by it. It wasn’t that a spark was struck. It was rather a blazing torch was applied, and my collector’s urge flared high.
— J. Paul Getty, writing in his diary in 1935