Have I ever shared the story of how Still-Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums, by Eugene Delacroix came to Mia?
Four years ago, Patrick Noon, retired Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of the Department of Paintings, was in London to supervise an exhibition he organized, Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, at the National Gallery.
During his visit, Patrick was asked by a French art dealer to authenticate a recently-discovered rare floral still-life by Delacroix.
During the authentication process, several discoveries were made using X-radiography. One was that the artist stretched and primed the canvas himself, evidenced by the odd, low-grade construction. Patrick surmised that the Delacroix might have been painted away from his studio—at the country estate of a relative or a friend far from Paris, requiring the artist to use whatever materials were available.
In any case, Still-Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums was deemed authentic, and Patrick knew Mia would want it. The Friends, in celebration of our centennial in January of 2022, offered to purchase it as a gift to Mia, honoring our legacy of helping the museum acquire works of art.
We still have a ways to go to fulfill our financial commitment associated with this sublime painting, so I ask you to please consider a gift of any amount. Simply indicate that you’d like to contribute to the Delacroix fund and call 612-870-3000 to donate over the phone or send a check to:
ATTN: Advancement Office
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd. Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Thank you. I wish all of you a bright, joyful, peaceful, and healthful holiday season.