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Last Chance To See Widely Hailed Exhibition The Unknown Monet

For Immediate Release

August 17, 2007

The Clark’s special exhibition The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings, hailed as “marvelous and commendable” by Benjamin Genocchio of the New York Times and “a visual picnic on a summer day” by Williard Spiegelman of the Wall Street Journal, closes on Sunday, September 16. The Clark is the last venue for this exhibition.

The Unknown Monet includes many fragile and rarely seen works on paper. Several of these pastels and drawings belong to private collectors and might never again be publicly displayed. In order to allow last minute experiences with these great works, the galleries will remain open until 7 pm on Sunday, September 16.

Two Monet related events will explore Monet’s life and work through film and a symposium.

Looking Back with Monet, Sunday, September 9, 1 to 4 pm

Catch a free screening of the BBC’s The Impressionists (2006, 180 minutes) in which Monet at Giverny in 1920 reflects in flashback on himself as a younger man and the friends with whom he joined in the Impressionist movement. The three hour-long episodes will be shown in succession, as they focus on Bazille, Renoir, Manet, Degas, and Cézanne in turn.

Monet and the Impressionist Drawing, Sunday, September 16, 10 am to 5 pm

This free symposium, officially marking the end of The Unknown Monet, will bring together six leading scholars on Impressionism to speak on subjects related to Monet’s works on paper, their historical context, and the public and private functions of drawings in the oeuvres of Monet and his contemporaries. A reception will follow the symposium.

The Unknown Monet is not your typical Monet exhibition. Utilizing largely unknown and rarely exhibited works, the exhibition explores Monet’s work as a youthful caricaturist, masterful draftsman, and skilled pastel artist. This groundbreaking exhibition, containing the first significant concentration of Monet’s pastels to be exhibited together since the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874, also includes three-dozen drawings and fourteen paintings. An innovative, searchable database and series of computer kiosks allow for unprecedented access to Monet’s eight existing sketchbooks from the Musée Marmottan.

The Unknown Monet is organized by the Clark in association with the Royal Academy of Arts, London. It is curated by James A. Ganz, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and Richard Kendall, curator at large, both at the Clark. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Lead sponsorship is provided by Bank of America. Additional support is provided by Faber-Castell.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays September through June). The Clark is open on Labor Day, Monday, September 3 from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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