The Clark Presents the Free Looking at Rembrandt Film Series

For Immediate Release

November 02, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—In conjunction with the exhibition Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists, the Clark will present the free Looking at Rembrandt Film Series to examine various cinematic depictions of the artist’s life and works. Films are screened on Sundays at 2:00 pm in November and December, beginning on November 20 with selections from four thought-provoking documentaries. The film series continues with Peter Greenaway’s Nightwatching on November 27 and Alexander Korda’s Rembrandt on December 4.

The Films

Rembrandt for Real
Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 pm
This screening will look at the legacy of Rembrandt and his works through excerpts from the documentaries Rembrandt: 400 Years (2006), The Rembrandt Collection (2006), and Simon Schama’s BBC series Power of Art (2006), as well as Bert Haanstra’s classic short film Rembrandt: Painter of Man (1957).

Nightwatching (2007, 134 min.)
Sunday, November 27 at 2:00 pm
Peter Greenaway’s exotic and moving look at Rembrandt’s romantic and professional life explores the theory that the artist meant to unravel a murder plot in his painting The Night Watch. A companion documentary, Rembrandt’s J’Accuse, will be screened following the feature.

Rembrandt (1936, 85 min.)
Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm
Starring Charles Laughton, Alexander Korda’s Rembrandt is a moving biopic of the famous Dutch master that charts the decline of the artist’s fortune with the rise of his eccentric genius. Laughton’s wife Elsa Lanchester stars as Hendrickje, Rembrandt’s maid and lover. 

The intimate exhibition Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists, a selection of portraits by two great masters, presents a first-time exploration of Rembrandt van Rijn’s influence on Degas. At the beginning of his career, Degas created approximately forty self-portraits in paintings, prints, and drawings. As a developing artist he studied the portraiture of earlier masters, perhaps none more closely than Rembrandt, who had made self-portraits throughout his life. Degas encountered Rembrandt’s etchings during his student years and on subsequent travels in Italy, and he made several direct copies of Rembrandt’s prints. This experience seems to have stimulated Degas’s own exploration of the technical and expressive potential of portraiture and self-portraiture in painted and graphic form. The exhibition was organized by the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, in association with the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the works are drawn primarily from the holdings of each institution.

The Clark

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 $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

Calendar Listing

In conjunction with the exhibition Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists, the Clark will present the free Looking at Rembrandt Film Series to examine various cinematic depictions of the artist’s life and works. Films are screened on Sundays at 2:00 pm in November and December, beginning on November 20 with selections from four thought-provoking documentaries. The film series continues with Peter Greenaway’s Nightwatching on November 27 and Alexander Korda’s Rembrandt on December 4.

Contact: 
pr@clarkart.edu

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