An Evening at the French Consulate in New York

On February 12, the American Friends of Musée d’Orsay successfully gathered New York art enthusiasts for a lecture and a reception hosted by French Consul General Bertrand Lortholary at the French Consulate in New York. On this special occasion, Mrs. Dita Amory, curator of the exhibition “Madame Cézanne” currently shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York until March 15, 2015, presented her researches on Cézanne’s most frequently painted model Hortense Fiquet. A great opportunity to highlight four Cézanne’s portraits the Musée d’Orsay and the Orangerie have lent for this exhibit.

The press was there :

The Orsay loans thousands of works each year, many to US Museums. AFMO publicizes these exhibitions and often organizes trips and events. The elegant evening received support from AMFO member Bruce Horten, as well as donations from Champagne Perrier-Jouët and catering from Tastings by Payard. Peter and Susan Solomon, AFMO Co-Chairs and fellow Board members Nancy Staniar, who organized the lecture, Liz Kehler and Constance Spahn welcomed an estimable gathering of New York art enthusiasts, including:


Constance Spahn, Honorable Bertrand Lortholary, Susan Solomon, Peter Solomon, Dita Amory, Nancy Staniar






Constance Spahn, Melinda Blinken, Peter Solomon





Joan Gelman, Sandy Pear





Nancy Staniar, Liz Kehler, Susan Solomon, Constance Spahn





Peggy Danziger, Linda Frankel





Peter Solomon, David Frankel





Honorable Bertrand Lortholary





Ulrich Leben, Liz Kehler





Manuel Palazzo, Donna Salgado





Jeremiah Evarts





Reception at the French Consulate


For four years since its creation, AFMO has become known for holding such events connecting the French and American Culture under a common interest. Just this past year alone, American Friends Musée d’Orsay supported the catalog for the upcoming exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie: Archives of the Dream, Drawings from the Musée d’Orsay – Carte Blanche for Werner Spies. The organization has brought works from France to esteemed institutions in the United States, such as the Kimbell Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum and the National Gallery of Art.