NEWS 'High Society' exhibition opens Sunday at MFAH

Tomorrow, April 17, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, opens High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter, an exhibition of some 45 paintings by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805–1873), the most renowned portraitist of the courts of Europe during his day. Throughout the course of his career, Winterhalter captured the elegance of his aristocratic sitters with an unrivaled brilliance of technique and sensitivity of touch. 

Complementing his canvases are a number of garments fashioned by sought-after 19th-century couturier Charles Frederick Worth (1825–1895) and several of his contemporaries. Featuring works drawn from public, private and royal collections around the world, the exhibition will be on view in Houston thru August 14, between its presentation at the Städtische Museen Freiburg, Germany, and the Musée du Château de Compiègne, France.

Several special programs have been scheduled during the run of the exhibition, including exclusive tours, lectures, family workshops and a Mother's Day Concert. 

The key underwriting for the exhibition was provided by  the Kinder Foundation. Additional generous funding was provided by the Estate of Margo Lamb and Luther King Capital Management.

For more information, please visit www.mfah.org/.

 

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