James A. Ganz to Speak About Drawings August 7

For Immediate Release

August 06, 2004

James A. Ganz will give the public lecture "Masterpieces in Focus: Master Drawings from the Bruyas Collection" at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, August 7, at 2 p.m. Ganz is curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Clark. He will focus on the drawings in the Clark's current exhibition, "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!": The Bruyas Collection from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. Admission to the lecture is free.

In addition to paintings and sculpture, "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!" features 18 drawings by such 19th-century artists as Eugène Delacroix, Jean-François Millet, Paul Delaroche, and Antoine-Louis Barye.

"Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!" is on view June 27 through September 6. The show features masterpieces by Gustave Courbet, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Camille Corot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Alexandre Cabanel, and others. The show highlights some of the most influential images of 19th-century French painting, including the famous title painting by Courbet. The 45 paintings, drawings, and five sculptures, many of which have rarely been seen in the United States, are all drawn from the collection of Alfred Bruyas (1821-1876). Bruyas was one of the foremost collectors of art of his day in France.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free). For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/bruyas.

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