Clark to Share 12 Impressionist Paintings with Museums Across the Country - Local Residents Invited to Enjoy their Favorite Paintings Now Before Tour Begins

For Immediate Release

August 17, 2005

In celebration of the Clark’s 50th anniversary Collecting the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute premieres at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on November 12 and then travels to five museums around the country in the next two years. The exhibition expresses the Clark’s commitment to making works from its collections available to communities in which the local museums do not have significant Impressionist holdings.

The exhibition will be toured in two cycles, from November 2005 to May 2006, and from October 2006 to May 2007, so that these works will be on view at the Clark during the summer when many out-of-state visitors travel to the Berkshires. The tour encompasses the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from November 12, 2005 to January 1, 2006, the Phoenix Art Museum from January 21, 2006 to March 12, 2006; the New Orleans Museum of Art from March 25 to May 14, 2006, the San Antonio Museum of Art from November 18, 2006 to January 7, 2007, the Norton Gallery of Art from January 20 to March 11, 2007, and the Joslyn Art Museum from March 24, 2007 to May 13, 2007.

In order to prepare for sharing these Impressionists paintings, these 12 works will be off view at the Clark starting in September. Taking part in this first nationally touring exhibition of works from the Clark’s collections are The Dancing Lesson (c. 1880) by Edgar Degas, Moss Roses in a Vase (1882) by Edouard Manet, The Duck Pond (1874) and Spring in Giverny (1890) by Claude Monet, The River Oise Near Pontoise (1873) and Piette’s House at Montfoucault (1874) by Camille Pissarro, A Girl Arranging Her Hair (1885-1886) by Berthe Morisot, and Self Portrait (1875), Girl Crocheting (1875), At the Concert (1880), A Girl with a Fan (1879-1880), and The Onions (1881) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Due to the popularity of these works, the Clark encourages local residents to stop by before September and get a last look at their favorites before the national tour.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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