Elizabeth Cowling To Speak On Renoir And Picasso March 30

For Immediate Release

March 13, 2003

Elizabeth Cowling of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, will give the lecture "Picasso and Renoir: Admiration, Identification, Imitation" at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, March 30, at 2:00 p.m. Cowling's lecture is one of a series of Sunday public programs offered in connection with the Clark's current exhibition Renoir and Algeria. Admission is free.

Cowling is senior lecture in the history of art at the University of Edinburgh. She is co-curator of the acclaimed exhibition Matisse Picasso, currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her previous exhibition Picasso: Sculptor/Painter was named the Best UK Art Exhibition of 1994 by the National Art Collections Fund. Cowling is the author of Picasso: Style and Meaning and the forthcoming Visiting Picasso, as well as numerous catalogue essays and articles in prominent art journals.

The Clark's great painting Mlle. Fleury in Algerian Costume by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is the centerpiece of Renoir and Algeria, the first exhibition devoted to the Impressionist artist's Algerian subjects. The show will feature studio paintings done in Paris as well as landscapes, portraits, and images of life in Algeria inspired by Renoir's trips in 1881 and 1882. Organized by the Clark Art Institute with guest curator Roger Benjamin, a leading scholar of French Orientalist art, the exhibition features loans from American and European museums and private collections. Renoir and Algeria will travel to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission is free through May. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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