The Unknown Monet Exhibition Concludes with Special Event Involving Leading Impressionism Scholars on September 16

For Immediate Release

September 05, 2007

Claude Monet’s works on paper, their historical context, and the public and private functions of drawings in the minds of Monet and his contemporaries will be discussed by six leading Impressionist scholars on Sunday, September 16 during “Monet and the Impressionist Drawing.” This symposium marks the conclusion of the groundbreaking exhibition The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings, which closes on September 16. This event, held 10 am to 5 pm, is free and open to the public. To register, call 413-458-0524 or visit

The morning session will include the presentations “Mind and Eye: Degas and Monet” by

George T. M. Shackelford

Chair of the Department of the Art of Europe and Solomon Curator of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; “Monet’s Sketchbooks Re-Viewed” by

John House

Walter H. Annenberg Professor, Courtauld Institute of Art, London; “Drawing in Monet, Cézanne, and Seurat: Alienation Three Different Ways” by

Richard Shiff

Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and Director of the Center for the Study of Modernism, University of Texas at Austin. The afternoon session will include “Did Sisley Draw?” by

Mary Anne Stevens

Director of Academic Affairs and Senior Curator, Royal Academy of Arts, London; “Women on Paper: Mary Cassatt and Impressionist Drawing” by

Nancy Mowll Mathews

Eugénie Prendergast Senior Curator of 19th and 20th Century Art, Williams College Museum of Art; “Pissarro on Paper: Experiment, Investigation, Preparation” by

Richard R. Brettell

Professor of Aesthetic Studies, University of Texas at Dallas.

For a detailed schedule, visit

 A reception will follow the event, and gallery hours for the exhibition will be extended until 7 pm. This will be the last chance for the public to see The Unknown Monet.

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.

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 July 1 through September 16, 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays September 17 through June 30). 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


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