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Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice, c. 1730, oil on canvas, the MFAH, the Robert Lee Blaffer Memorial Collection, gift of Sarah Campbell Blaffer. Speaker: James Clifton, director, The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator, Renaissance and Baroque Painting, MFAH
Born in Waxahatchie and raised in Lampasas, daughter of a founder of Texaco and married to a founder of Humble Oil, Houston philanthropist and art lover Sarah Campbell Blaffer (1885-1975) doubly contributed to the brilliant presence of European art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 1947, she founded the Robert Lee Blaffer Memorial Collection at the MFAH in honor of her late husband, donating signature works to the museum, including Renoir’s Still Life with Bouquet, Cézanne’s portrait of his wife, and two Canaletto views of Venice. In 1964, she created the foundation that bears her name and that now exhibits its extensive collection of Old Master paintings, prints, illustrated books, and objects in five dedicated galleries of the Museum’s Audrey Jones Beck Building. Please join Dr. James Clifton, director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator of Renaissance and Baroque Painting at the MFAH, in exploring Sadie Blaffer’s life and legacy, her love of art and the museum, and her epic battle with the IRS.
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$5 MFAH Members
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission
Tickets will be available online; by phone at 713.639.7771; or in person at any MFAH admissions desk.
Additional DatesFriday, Jun 14: 1:30 p.m. Education Programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Michael C. Linn in memory of his mother Patricia G. Linn; the National Museum of Korea; Mrs. Evelyn Houstoun Chew; The Hamill Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Boeing Company; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.