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Experience Paul G. Allen’s “Seeing Nature” at NOMA

Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen brings his personal collection to NOMA, featuring masterworks from Cezanne, Klimt, Monet, Hopper, O’Keefe, and more.

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The New Orleans Museum of Art. (Photo: Anna-Marie Babington)

This year, no New Orleans vacation will be complete without a side trip to Venice, the French countryside, and the Grand Canyon.

Think you’re going to need more PTO?

Wrong.

In less than an hour, you can tour some of the most inspirational places on earth at Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection.

Canaletto’s “Grand Canal.”

The Exhibit

On display through Jan. 15, 2017 at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) in City Park, this collection from Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen features 39 masterpieces spanning 400 years. Allen, the 45th richest man in the world according to Forbes, wows us with his personal collection that includes artists such as Paul Cézanne, David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet, Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard Richter, and J.M.W. Turner. The exhibit lets attendees discover how European and American masters working in a myriad of styles interpreted the landscape tradition.

Klimt’s “Birch Forest.”

This blockbuster exhibit includes a spectacular series by Flemish artist Jan Breugel the Younger depicting allegories of the five senses. You’ll also find five landscapes from Claude Monet spanning thirty years, including one of his late representations of water lilies from 1919. Another highlight is “Birch Forest,” a rare landscape circa 1903 by Austrian portrait painter Gustav Klimt. This is the first work by Klimt to be on view at NOMA. Another lovely work is John Singer Sargent’s “The Chess Game” from 1907. Sargent, an avid chess player, painted this masterpiece while traveling with family on the Italian-Swiss border.

NOMA is the only Southern venue for Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection — Allen himself made sure the Crescent City was part of the tour.

Monet’s “Nymphéas.”

Check out the exhibit on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 am. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sundays at 2 p.m., NOMA’s docents lead an engaging tour of both the special exhibitions and the permanent collection. On Wednesdays, admission is free to Louisiana residents.

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