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Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917, Dancer in Green, circa 1878, pastel on paper. Gift of Charles C. Henderson in memory of Nancy S. Henderson

CHARLOTTE, NC.- When the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, staff at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) took refuge in their museum to protect its artwork from looters and water damage. The fruits of their efforts are reflected in the pristine collections of European and American art which will be on view at the Mint Museum of Art March 14 – June 21, 2009 as the special exhibition Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Particularly rich in French and American art, the permanent collection of NOMA includes paintings and sculptures by some of the world’s greatest artists. Although the museum’s collection of 40,000 artworks was largely unharmed by the hurricane, the building and adjacent sculpture garden sustained more than $6 million in damage. The fees that NOMA generates from this traveling exhibition will benefit its Katrina Recovery Fund.

Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates the European and American portions of NOMA’s distinguished and diverse holdings. Nearly 90 of the museum’s most prized works from the late 17th through the mid-20th centuries will be on display for this rare opportunity, including paintings and sculptures by Paul Cezanne, Joan Miro, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, John Singer Sargent and Giambattista Tiepolo. Of particular note are paintings, drawings, pastels and sculptures by Edgar Degas, who frequently visited New Orleans to see family, and a 10-foot-tall portrait of Marie Antoinette by Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, one of the most acclaimed woman artists of the 18th century.

The exhibition’s media sponsor is WFAE 90.7fm. For a complete schedule of programs surrounding this exhibition, visit www.mintmuseum.org.

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Claude Monet, French, 1840–1926, Houses on the Old Bridge at Vernon circa 1883 oil on canvas. Promised and Partial Gift of Mrs. John N. Weinstock in memory of Mr. and Mrs. B. Bernard Kreisler

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François Boucher. French, 1703–1770 The Surprise, 1730–1732 oil on canvas Museum Purchase, Women’s Volunteer Committee Fund

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Claude Lorrain. French, 1600–1682 Ideal View of Tivoli, 1644 oil on canvas Museum Purchase, Art Acquisition Fund Drive

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Jacques Lipchitz. French/American, born Lithuania, 1891–1973 Bather III, modeled 1916–17, cast 1941 Anonymous Gift through The American Federation of Arts

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Edgar Degas. French, 1834–1917 Dancer Adjusting Her Stocking. modeled circa 1880, cast 1919–1921 bronze Museum Purchase, Elle West Freeman Foundation Matching Fund

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Jean-Baptiste Greuze. French, 1725–1805 Portrait of Marie Angélique Vérany de Varennes, Madame Georges Gougenot de Croissy, 1757 oil on canvas Museum Purchase, Ella West Freeman Foundation Matching Fund, Women’s Volunteer Committee Fund, and an anonymous gift to 1976 Acquisitions Fund Drive

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Mary Cassatt. American, 1845–1927 Mother and Child in the Conservatory, 1906 oil on canvas Museum Purchase, with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Harold Forgotston