The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents “Spared from
the Storm: Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art,” June 4 –
October 5, 2008. This exhibition includes 80 paintings, drawings, and
sculptures by many of the most influential artists of the 17th through
the mid-20th centuries, featuring works by renowned artists such as
baroque master Luca Giordano, impressionist Claude Monet, inventive
modernist Pablo Picasso, and surrealist René Magritte. The New Orleans
Museum of Art (NOMA) has gathered one of the finest and most
comprehensive collections in the American South. The vast majority of
this collection survived the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina
in 2005. This exhibition celebrates the European and American portion
of NOMA's distinguished and diverse holdings.
Reflecting the city's heritage, the collection is especially strong in
French works. “The Surprise” by François Boucher is a delicate work of
amorous intrigue by the First Painter to King Louis XV and favorite
artist of the royal mistress, Madame de Pompadour. The exhibition also
features a grand, life-size “Portrait of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of
France,” by the prominent court painter Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun. Other
works by French artists include a portrait by Edgar Degas of his
sister-in-law and a landscape from George Braque's fauve period.
“Spared from the Storm” offers great variety and impressive quality
among its American works as well. Those include “Blue Kimono,” a bold
portrait by Robert Henri, leader of the New York realists known as The
Eight; Mary Cassatt's “Mother and Child in the Conservatory”; Georgia
O'Keeffe's “My Back Yard”; Jackson Pollock's early drip painting
“Composition”; and “Radar Astronomy” by Joseph Cornell.
from the Storm” was organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art to
benefit its Katrina Recovery Fund. Its presentation at Stanford is
generously supported by the Clumeck Fund and Cantor Arts Center Members.