Friends Lecture

April 14, 2022 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Patrick Noon, retired Senior Curator of Paintings and Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of the Department of Paintings at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Please join us for our April Friends Lecture: “Artist in Bloom: Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums,” with Patrick Noon.

A familiar face in the corridors and galleries of Mia for 22 years, Patrick Noon was the senior curator of paintings. He joined the museum in 1997, retiring in early 2020. He previously served for 20 years on the curatorial staff at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven and was the founding curator of its prints, drawings and rare books area.

Noon is a specialist in 18th- and 19th-century French and British art. His acquisitions brought considerable depth to the holdings at Mia with the addition of some 200 paintings, including the first he bought for the museum, “Pastoral Landscapes” by French artist Claude Lorraine, or “the Claude.” That turned out to be one of the most important “Old Masters” the museum has acquired in decades, and also one of the most expensive. 

Then there is the larger-than-life portrait of a nobleman reading in his garden, Nicolas Largilliere’s “Portrait of Charles-Leonor Aubry, Marquis de Castelnau” from 1701, one of Noon’s most recent purchases. A companion painting of the Marquis’ wife, “Portrait of Catherine Coustard,” is part of the Art Adventure program that brings children on field trips to the museum. Someone had separated the portraits in the mid-19th century but now they are ‘remarried’ and hang together at Mia.

Noon has published and lectured extensively on French and British art. His research resulted in prominent exhibitions including The English Miniature in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum; Richard Parkes Bonington with the Musee du Petit Palais, Paris; Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism with Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum; and most recently Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art with the National Gallery of London. Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to van Gogh was shown at Mia in 2015 during the museum’s 100th birthday year.

The Friends of the Institute purchased Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums for Mia to commemorate the Friends 100-year anniversary this year. Noon will share the fascinating story behind this still life, which was in a private collection and never before in the public eye until coming to Mia.

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