New Orleans II by Yvonne Jacquette
New Orleans II by Yvonne Jacquette New Orleans II by Yvonne Jacquette New Orleans II by Yvonne Jacquette New Orleans II by Yvonne Jacquette New Orleans II by Yvonne Jacquette
New Orleans II by Yvonne Jacquette

New Orleans II by Yvonne Jacquette

  • This aerial view of the city of New Orleans was composed by Yvonne Jacquette
  • The contemporary painter is celebrated for her birds-eye view cityscapes such as this
  • The monumental oil was specially commissioned by the collectors Sydney and Walda Besthoff
  • It is an extraordinary example of Jacquette's highly coveted compositions
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Item No. 30-9626
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Yvonne Jacquette
1934- | American

New Orleans II

Oil on canvas

This glistening birds-eye view of the Mississippi River in New Orleans was composed by the contemporary American artist Yvonne Jacquette. The monumental oil on canvas captures a dizzying array of illuminated pathways, boats, and streetlights as seen from above, including the multi-hued Holocaust Memorial that stands alongside the Mississippi River. The aerial view offers a unique perspective on the over 300-year-old city, all captured in Jacquette's highly distinctive, impressionistic style.

The painting comes from the collection of Sydney and Walda Besthoff, the co-founders of the New Orleans-based K&B drug stores that were acquired by Rite Aid in 1997. The Besthoffs are celebrated as both business and cultural leaders in the city of New Orleans; in 2002, the couple was selected by Art & Antiques magazine as one of “100 of America’s Top Collectors.” Known as connoisseurs of modern and contemporary art and sculpture, their collection forms the basis of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The present composition was specially commissioned by the pair as an ode to both their love of contemporary art and their native city.

Yvonne Jacquette's paintings lend a sense of magic to the physical features of the urban landscape, offering a unique take on the tradition of the cityscape. She first began working with aerial views in the mid-1970s, capturing the biggest and brightest cities while looking down from airplanes and tall buildings' windows. Since then, she has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, and her first major museum exhibition took place at the St. Louis Art Museum in 1983. Today, her work can be find in a number of important public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum (New York), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Pennsylvania), and many others.

Painted in 2009

Canvas: 50 1/4" high x 72 1/2" wide
Frame: 51" high x 73 1/2" wide

Provenance:
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Collection
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Framed:73.5"W x 51.0"H
Unframed:72.5"W x 50.25"H
Period: 1919-Present
Origin:America
Subject:Cityscapes
Depth:2.125 Inches
Width:73.5 Inches
Height:51.0 Inches
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