Curator of the Clark Exhibition Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists Takes Visitors Behind the Scenes in a Free Opening Lecture

For Immediate Release

November 03, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Jenny Reynaerts, Senior Curator of 18th and 19th Century Paintings, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Clark Fellow, and curator of Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists, will introduce the exhibition in a free opening lecture on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 pm. Reynaerts will take visitors behind the scenes with a discussion about each artist’s work and how this exhibition came to be realized at the Clark. Rembrandt and Degas is on view November 13 through February 5.

A selection of portraits by two great masters will be on view at the Clark in the intimate exhibition Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists, a first-time exploration of Rembrandt’s influence on Degas that will present portraits by both artists side-by-side. The portraits and etchings on view will include Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait as a Young Man (c. 1628–29) from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and Self-Portrait as a Young Man (c. 1628–29) from the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, and Degas’s Self Portrait (c. 1857) from the Clark’s collection.

At the beginning of his career Edgar Degas created approximately forty self-portraits in paintings, prints, and drawings during a brief period in the mid- to late-1850s. 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 is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. 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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November 13: Jenny Reynaerts, Senior Curator of 18th and 19th Century Paintings, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Clark Fellow, and curator of Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists, will introduce the exhibition in a free opening lecture on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 pm. Reynaerts will take visitors behind the scenes with a discussion about each artist’s work and how this exhibition came to be realized at the Clark. Rembrandt and Degas is on view November 13 through February 5. 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.

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