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Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris Opening Lecture February 14

For Immediate Release

January 29, 2010

Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris, the first Boldini exhibition in the United States in twenty years, opens at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on February 14. Sarah Lees, associate curator of European art, will discuss the early career of Boldini, an Italian artist who moved to Paris in 1871 just as the Impressionists were getting their start, and consider how he evolved from an artist who painted genre scenes, city views, and landscapes, to one of the most prominent society portraitists around the turn of the twentieth century. Admission to the lecture on Sunday, February 14, at 3 pm, is free.

During his lifetime Boldini (1842–1931) achieved tremendous popularity in Europe and the United States, where he was celebrated for his vibrant brushwork and striking portraits. Sterling Clark purchased most of his works by Boldini during the artist’s lifetime, several of them in Paris while both men were living there when the artist was at the height of his popularity.

Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris illuminates Boldini’s early career when he lived in Paris and painted the city’s bustling streets, cafes, and concert halls, as well as charming scenes of its sunny suburban landscapes, while developing his unique style. Through approximately seventy oil paintings and drawings, the exhibition presents an innovative look at Boldini’s Paris—its places of entertainment and leisure, its inhabitants, and its environs—at a time when the Impressionists were investigating the same sites and subjects. The exhibition is on view through April 25.

The opening lecture is sponsored by WGBY Public Television for Western New England.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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