Jonathan Gosnell to Speak about French Colonialismin Algeria

For Immediate Release

April 15, 2003

The Algeria depicted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and other French artists did not always reflect the realities of the colonized country. Jonathan K. Gosnell of Smith College will address this issue in a public lecture at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 27, at 2:00 p.m. His talk, entitled "Colonial Realities vs. Artistic Representation in French Algeria," is offered in connection with the current exhibition Renoir and Algeria. Admission is free.

Gosnell is assistant professor of French at Smith College and an expert on French cultural studies. His book The Politics of Frenchness in Colonial Algeria, 1930-1954 was published by the University of Rochester Press in October 2002. His other publications include articles and reviews in such journals as Contemporary French Civilization, The French Review, and Romance Review.

Renoir and Algeria is the first exhibition devoted to the Impressionist artist's Algerian subjects. The show features 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. Renoir and Algeria is on view at the Clark through May 11.

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

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