WEST PALM BEACH, FL.-
Beginning in May, the Norton
is spotlighting major works by iconic artists in its Masterpiece of the Month series. Each exceptional work being showcased has been selected from a private collection by a Norton curator. These pieces have rarely been exhibited publicly. A series of curator-led gallery talks accompanies the monthly installations to explore the significance and context of each work.
The Norton is extremely fortunate to have friends who are serious collectors and support the arts in South Florida, said Cheryl Brutvan, the Nortons director of curatorial affairs and curator of contemporary art. This series would not be possible without their willingness to loan these masterpieces for public display.
Masterpiece of the Month begins May 2 with the display of Lucian Freuds The Brigadier, (2003-2004), a magnificent, life-sized portrait of Andrew Parker Bowles. (Bowles, former husband of Camilla Parker Bowles, the current wife of Britains Prince Charles, was a friend of Freuds for decades.) This spectacular portrait of the artists friend and riding companion, Andrew Parker Bowles, was painted over two years when Freud was 80 years old, Brutvan said. The love and mastery of paint and vitality of the artist is everywhere evident in this ambitious composition. Brutvan will discuss the work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013 during an Art After Dark program.
Masterpiece of the Month continues with the following artists and works:
June -- Mary Cassatt, a quartet of works on paper, 1890-1908, (American Art)
Mary Cassatt spent the bulk of her career in France, where she became the only American to exhibit with the French Impressionists. As a well-bred woman, she could not explore the scenes of modern street life favored by male Impressionists such as her close friend Edgar Degas. Instead, she focused on the domestic realm in which middle- and upper-class women like her resided, depicting the quiet, everyday events of modern life. Her small-scale pastels and prints, such as the group on display, are particularly compelling portrayals of this intimate subject matter. Note: This work goes on display Thursday, May 30 and Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, will discuss the work at 6:30 p.m. that day.
July -- Dorothea Lange Migrant Mother, 1936, (Photography)
Very few images attain the iconic status of Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother. Taken in a desolate encampment of migrant pea-pickers, Langes image of a mother with her three children embodies the uncertainty, pathos, and humanity that would define it as the embodiment of the Great Depression. Tim B. Wride, William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, discusses this work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013.
August -- Salvador Dalís Portrait of Marquis George de Cuevas, 1942, (European Art)
Salvador Dali fled Paris with his wife, Gala, in 1940, and assumed a central role amid the society of European Surrealists that had coalesced in New York at the outbreak of World War II. His captivating depiction of the legendary Marquis George de Cuevas (1885-1961) is among his most accomplished and ambitious portraits, filled with classical allusions and surrealist symbolism. The Marquis de Cuevas was a Chilean-born ballet impresario and choreographer best known for founding the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, also known as the International Ballet, in New York in 1944. Curatorial Associate Jerry Dobrick discusses this work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.
*September -- Court portrait of Yinli, Prince Guo, 1717, (Chinese Art)
This is the earliest known portrait of Prince Guo, the last in private hands, and the first time it has been publically exhibited. Prince Guo was the 17th son of the Kangxi Emperor (reigned 1661-1722), half-brother to the Yongzheng Emperor (reigned1722-1735), and uncle to the Qianlong Emperor (reigned 1735-1796). Elegant and jewel-like, it captures the scholarly, introspective prince at leisure. Later portraits of the prince are treasured works at the Palace Museum in Beijing, the Nelson Atkins in Kansas City, and the Freer-Sackler in Washington, D.C. Laurie Barnes, Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art, will discuss the work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013