Friends President Issues a Challenge to ALL Friends to be part of the Gift of a Delacroix masterpiece
Dear Friends of the Institute –
The Friends of the Institute will mark its 100th anniversary in the coming years, but planning is already underway. The “Friends for a Hundred Years” celebration in 2022 is going to be big! As President of the Friends, I would like to take a moment to ask for your help with an important and lasting part of this celebration.
As many of you know, we were looking for a way to mark our centennial and honor our long association with this place we love so well. We found it in an important painting by Eugène Delacroix, one of the masters of French Romantic painting. Here’s how it came about:
Patrick Noon, Senior Curator of Paintings and Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of the Department of Paintings is considered the world’s authority on works by Eugène Delacroix. He has always been a strong supporter of the Friends. When asked to authenticate a Delacroix long held in a private collection, Patrick recognized a masterpiece and shared the information with Kaywin Feldman, the Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of Mia. Kaywin immediately thought of us, knowing we were exploring gift options to mark the Friends for a Hundred Years celebration. The Friends was beyond thrilled to accept this remarkable opportunity to support the acquisition of this masterpiece for Mia’s permanent collection.
Eugène Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums c.1835 was unveiled at Art in Bloom 2018’s Preview Party as its signature piece. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this painting yet, stop by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Gallery (G321) to experience its breathtaking beauty and inspiration.
Of course, such a masterpiece comes at a price and we have made a great start funding our Delacroix, but this gift is from the Friends, and that is all of us. So here’s the ask—please make a donation to the Delacroix in any amount. Wouldn’t 100 percent participation by Friends members for our 100th year gift be incredible?
To donate please click here or stop by the Friends office to fill out a donation card. Thank you for your support.
My best to you all,
President, Friends of the Institute
P.S. – Above all, stop by Mia to visit the extraordinary Eugène Delacroix masterpiece made possible by all of us in the Friends!