Met Curator Gary Tinterow to Speak August 14

For Immediate Release

August 06, 2004

Gary Tinterow, recently named Englehard Curator in Charge of the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will speak at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, August 14, at 2 p.m. His topic will be "The Hidden Spanishness of French Romanticism: Delacroix and Courbet." The lecture is offered in connection with the exhibition "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!": The Bruyas Collection from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. Admission to the lecture is free.

Tinterow is curator and catalogue author of an impressive series of international exhibitions, including Manet/Velazquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting, Portraits by Ingres: Image of an Epoch, The Origins of Impressionism, and The Private Collection of Edgar Degas. His many honors include the French Legion of Honor, which he received in 2000.

"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, 20 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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