Exhibitions Converge for French Season at Cantor Arts Center

Cantor’s Special Exhibitions of French Art This Season
• “A Royal Renaissance: School of Fontainebleau Prints from the Kirk Edward Long Collection,” March 27–July 14; the 16th-century grandeur of this royal palace illustrated through 37 engravings and etchings
• “Manet and the Graphic Arts in France, 1860–1880,” June 12–November 17; prints, drawings, and photographs from the decades before and after the Paris Commune of 1871
• “Inspired by Temptation: Odilon Redon and Saint Anthony,” July 3–October 20; a rare look at this artist’s response to Flaubert's 1874 poem The Temptation of Saint Anthony
• “Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art,” July 3–September 22; 55 old master drawings in their only West Coast viewing
• “Drawn to the Body: French Figure Drawings from the Cantor Arts Center Collection,” July 3–September 22; a selection of old master drawings to complement "Storied Past"
• “Matisse Jazz,” July 31–September 22; colorful and lively subject matter with poetic text, 20 prints from Stanford Library’s Special Collections

The Cantor’s collection of 32,000 objects from around the world includes many works by French artists. In addition to the special exhibitions, these are on view:
• World-famous collection of bronzes by master sculptor Auguste Rodin (France, 1840–1917) with 200 works in three Cantor galleries and outdoors
• Rodin Sculpture Garden with major works always on view, open free with lighting for nighttime viewing and tables for candle-light or daytime picnics
•  French sculpture and painting in the second-floor galleries for 19th-century art and art of early Europe and on the balcony above the main lobby


• Curator’s Lecture: Elizabeth Mitchell speaks about the French tradition of drawing explored in “Storied Past” and “Drawn to the Body,” Thursday, July 18, 5:30 pm, Cantor auditorium, free
• Drop-In Drawing Saturdays in August, in the “Storied Past” exhibition, free. Bring a sketchpad plus graphite and colored pencils only; no registration required. Instructor available for guidance
• Tours of “Storied Past” exhibition Thursdays at 12:15 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm, free
• Tours of Rodin collection Wednesdays at 2 pm, Saturdays at 11:30 am, Sundays at 3 pm, free

A 160-page publication accompanies the exhibition, edited by Cheryl K. Snay.

FREE ADMISSION Open Wednesday–Sunday 11 am – 5 pm, Thursdays until 8 pm

MEDIA CONTACT Anna Koster, Head of Communications, 650-725-4657, akoster@stanford.edu

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