Drawn and Quartered: Olive Leonhardt, 1939 Revisited

Thursday, November 29, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Members' Opening Reception

Exhibition on Display in the Hermitage Changing Galleries:
November 30, 2012 - February 19, 2013

Join us for a special members’ exhibition preview and cocktail reception on Thursday, November 29th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The reception is free for Hermitage members and $5 for nonmembers.

Landscape with Cows, Olive LeonhardtIn 1939 Florence Sloane intended to hold an exhibit of works by New Orleans artist Olive Leonhardt. After having received critical acclaim earlier that year for her show in New York City, Olive’s future as a fixture in the contemporary art world appeared certain. Despite positive reviews, the oncoming war effort and the challenge of exhibiting parallel to an artist such as Salvador Dali led to an overall lack of sales.

This discouraging series of events led Olive to question her worth as an artist. Olive entered the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, a revolutionary mental health facility at the time, to repair her fractured opinion of herself. With the support of her family and the therapy of pencil on paper, she managed to return to society anew. Through the 40s and 50s she approached her work in a new manner, focusing on the incorporation of psychological elements and then various forms of abstract expressionism.

The Hermitage will display a majority of the planned show from 1939 alongside selected pieces from her works at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital. Join us in celebrating the works of this talented artist, as well as support the ambitious exposure of 20th century artists Mrs. Sloane had planned to introduce to Norfolk.