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Richard Kendall, Degas Expert and Clark Curator at Large, Presents Free Lecture Degas Looks at Rembrandt at the Clark

For Immediate Release

January 20, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Degas expert Richard Kendall, Clark Curator at Large and curator of the recent exhibition Picasso Looks at Degas, will present the free lecture Degas Looks at Rembrandt on Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 pm. In this special lecture, Kendall will discuss Rembrandt's influence on Degas and other mid-nineteenth-century artists.

Kendall is an independent exhibition curator and scholar specializing in the work of Edgar Degas, and is also curator at large at the Clark. Originally trained as a painter and printmaker before taking a master’s in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, he has published books on Cézanne, Degas, Monet, and Van Gogh, and written essays and reviews on the work of contemporary artists, including Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin, and Leon Kossoff. He curated several major exhibitions of the work of Degas in Britain and the United States, including Degas: Images of Women; Degas Landscapes; Degas and the Little Dancer; Degas: Beyond Impressionism; and with his wife, Jill DeVonyar, Degas and the Dance. In 2010, he organized Picasso Looks at Degas with Elizabeth Cowling.

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 Edgar 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

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

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. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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January 29: Degas expert Richard Kendall, Clark Curator at Large and curator of the recent exhibition Picasso Looks at Degas, will present the free lecture Degas Looks at Rembrandt on Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 pm. Kendall is an independent exhibition curator and scholar specializing in the work of Edgar Degas, and is also curator at large at the Clark. He has curated several major exhibitions of the work of Degas in Britain and the United States. In this special lecture, Kendall will discuss Rembrandt's influence on Degas and other mid-nineteenth-century artists. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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