Once at Mia: Manet, Mr. Dayton, and the inside story of a beloved painting

Édouard Manet’s Le Fumeur (The Smoker) was unveiled at Mia in 1968 by Anthony Clark, then director of the museum. A solitary person with a pipe was sort of a 19th-century meme, and  Manet made various drawings and etchings of his subject, a  comfortably bewhiskered man believed to be his neighbor, that have circulated widely—they’re in the collections of . . . Keep reading »

Once at Mia: Saved from Nazis

They were some of the greatest works of western civilization. Paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli, Titian, Manet, Velazquez. Monuments to human imagination. And they were in as much danger from Hitler’s mania as anything else in Europe. The Monuments Men, as George Clooney’s 2014 movie revealed, saved thousands of artworks stolen by the Nazis from . . . Keep reading »

The man on the steps: Who was Eugène Delacroix?

On October 18, Mia opens “Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to van Gogh,” a star-studded painting show with a historical sweep worthy of its protagonist. Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Renoir—they’ll all be here, along with the man they’re indebted to, Eugène Delacroix himself. Indeed, Delacroix has already arrived: In another of Mia’s birthday-year surprises, the French . . . Keep reading »

Saved from the salt mines, part I: A phone call sparks the rediscovery of a historic MIA exhibition that captivated the country

On February 28, I received a voice mail from Ann Pflaum, the University of Minnesota historian. With all the recent talk of the Monuments Men and looted art during World War II, Ann recalled seeing an exhibition at the MIA of paintings rescued from the salt mines of Germany and Austria. Only it wasn’t a . . . Keep reading »

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