• Les arceaux fleuris, Giverny (Flowering Arches, Giverny), Claude Monet, 1913

  • Beach at Honfleur, Eugène Boudin, 1886

  • Sea Shells, Balthasar van der Ast, 1630-1650

  • Pollice Verso (Thumbs Down), Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1872

  • Souvenir de Ville d'Avray (Memory of Ville d'Avray), Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1865-1870

  • Voltaire, Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1781

Friends of European Art is an active group of individuals that promotes and inspires enthusiasm for and interest in European art.

Friends of European Art (FEA) is a support organization of Phoenix Art Museum assisting with collection of European Art by funding acquisitions and educational programs. For example, in 2014 FEA joined with the Collector’s Study Club in purchasing a piece of Delft faience pottery, circa 1660 for the Dutch Gallery and in 2013, FEA was the Exhibition Sponsor for 14 Masterworks from the Schorr Collection. In 2011, FEA was the European Painting Conservation Sponsor for The Doge Francesco Errizo and in 2010 FEA was the exhibition sponsor for Cezanne and American Modernism.

FEA members visit private collections, museums and galleries. We enjoy preview parties, lectures and salons in the homes of members. In the 17 years since our founding, FEA members have traveled to museums in 13 U.S. cities and nine European countries plus visits to Toronto and Buenos Aires.

Join Friends of European Art today and become a vital part of this exciting group of art enthusiasts!

If you love all things European, have a predilection for French, English, Dutch or Italian art, like to travel, dine, and visit  private homes and see their important collections, then you belong with Friends of European Art.

Come along and feel passionate about European art, party with friends, learn the story behind many works of European art! Every great painting tells a story.

When you become a member, you will receive the FEA Newsletter, enjoy gallery talks and lectures, and have the opportunity to enjoy salons ad journeys with our Museum Liaison to fascinating destinations.

Your membership will help FEA fund acquisitions such as the two-foot tall covered jar, a striking example of 17th century Delft faience pottery.

Join Friends of European Art today by click here to download the membership form. Complete the form and follow the mailing instructions.

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  • Reception / Lecture: Florence in the Time of Leonardo

    January 14, 2015

    Speaker: John Spike, PhD   Guest Professor at William and Mary College

    Noted scholar with extensive knowledge of Florence and Leonardo da Vinci. Hosted reception for FEA members: 5:30 – 6:30 Grossman Terrace.  Reservations required by January 5th. Contact Dawn Schlott at 480.483.9919 or hospitality@friendsofeuropeanart.org. Lecture:  6:45 in Whiteman Hall   [caption id="attachment_963" align="alignnone" width="300"] Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519, Italian), Codex Leicester, c.1506-10 (detail). Ink on paper. Each double sheet… more »

  • Salon: The Dutch Golden Age

    January 19, 2015 | 5:30 PM cocktails ~ 6:00 PM four course, served gourmet dinner ~ lecture following dinner

    Speaker: Robert Aronson – Aronson Antiquairs since 1881, Amsterdam, Specializing in 17th and 18th c. Delftware

    Location: The University Club of Phoenix / 39 East Monte Vista Road / Phoenix 85004

    Private dinner and salon co-hosted by Friends of European Art and  Collectors’ Study Club.  The evening includes a cocktail hour,  dinner and a presentation by Mr. Arnoson after dinner.   The organizations feel honored to have him share his vast knowledge Dutch Art in the Golden Age. He is the internationally known specialist in 17th and 18th century Dutch Delftware from whom FEA and… more »

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  • 2015 England Trip

    May, 2015

    Discover England: town and countryside in the merry month of May! Join Friends of European Art for 10 fabulous days in England and the surrounding countryside beginning may 11th, Through 20th, 2015 Guided by expert city guides, art historians and knowledgeable curators, this trip has been thoroughly researched by Travel Chairmen Mary Newstead and Rachel Maloney with all arrangements expertly coordinated by Pro-Travel. A pre- trip art lecture in a private home will give you an extra edge in enjoying the art and venues you will see on the trip. you will view art not only the great museums of London, but also fabulous country houses, some which are still in private hands. A few outstanding trip features include: · See the John Singer Sargent exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, with a private art historian, the Wallace Collection with a Curator, Courtland Gallery, National Gallery, Victoria and Albert, The Tate, and the British Museum · view Windsor castle, repository of some of the great art owned by the queen of England. · tour Althorp, Princess Diana Spencer’s childhood home( open only a few days a year) · enjoy oxford with a private after hours tour and dinner in the Ashmolean museum. Visit Blenheim, the childhood home of Winston Churchill as well as Woburn abbey and the Christ Church Picture Gallery Look for signups for this high-interest trip coming soon! more »

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