Pastels by Degas, Pissarro, Cassatt and Others Subject of Special Installation Opening October 29 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

October 12, 2005

In the spirit of the 50th anniversary of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, a special installation of pastels will be on view beginning Saturday, October 29. The pastels are drawn from the Clark’s extensive collection of works on paper, which includes prints, drawings, and photographs, and now numbers 5,000 objects. The installation is on view through June 18, 2006.

French and American artists Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt, Jean-François Millet, Frederick Childe Hassam, Edouard Vuillard, and Edouard Manet will be featured. These 19th-and early 20th-century artists revived the traditional use of pastels for portraiture, and often depicted new subjects, particularly modern life and the city. The fleeting quality of the pastel also made it the perfect medium for representations of light, and these artists experimented with the physical qualities of the medium.

The Clark’s pastels, favorites with many visitors, are exhibited in the galleries for limited periods of time because, as works on paper, they require limited exposure to light. When not on public view, pastels and other works on paper in the collection, including prints, drawings, watercolors, and photographs, may be seen in print study room by appointment.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, 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


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