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Canaletto, The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice, c. 1730, oil on canvas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Robert Lee Blaffer Memorial Collection, gift of Sarah Campbell Blaffer.

Sarah Campbell Blaffer and the MFAH

Saturday, Jun 15, 2013
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Speaker: James Clifton, director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and MFAH curator, Renaissance and Baroque painting

Born in Waxahachie 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 MFAH. In 1947, she founded the Robert Lee Blaffer Memorial Collection in honor of her late husband, donating signature works by artists including Canaletto, Cézanne, and Renoir. In 1964, she created the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation that now exhibits its extensive collection of Old Master paintings, prints, illustrated books, and objects in five dedicated galleries of the Museum’s Beck Building.

In this lecture, James Clifton explores Sadie Blaffer’s life and legacy, her love of art and the Museum, and her epic battle with the IRS. A reception follows.

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$5 MFAH Members
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission

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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.