Exhibitions Converge for French Season at Cantor Arts Center

Manet and the Graphic Arts in France, 1860–1880, June 12–November 17, 2013; 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, 2013; 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, 2013; 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, 2013; a selection of old master drawings to complement Storied Past
Matisse Jazz, July 31–September 22, 2013; colorful and lively subject matter with poetic text, 20 prints from Stanford Library’s Special Collections
A Royal Renaissance: School of Fontainebleau Prints from the Kirk Edward Long Collection, March 27–July 14, 2013; the 16th-century grandeur of this royal palace illustrated through 37 engravings and etchings

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

The Cantor is open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm and is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free on weekends and after 4 pm weekdays. Information: 650-723-4177, museum.stanford.edu

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Learn more about other French shows

Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art

Alexandre-Louis Leloir, Moroccan Girl, Playing a Stringed Instrument, 1875. Watercolor, gouache and graphite on ivory wove paper. Gift of the Wunsch Foundation, Inc., 1983. Blanton Museum of Art.

Inspired by Temptation: Odilon Redon and Saint Anthony

Odilon Redon, Here is the Good Goddess, the Idaean mother of the mountains, (detail). Plate 15 of The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1896. Lithograph. The Kirk Edward Long Collection, 2010.60.15.

Drawn to the Body: French Figure Drawings from the Cantor Arts Center Collection

François-André Vincent, Portrait of Marie-Gabrielle Capet, c. 1782. Black and white chalk on paper. Purchased with funds given by Ann Bancroft Dickinson, 1982.137.