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April 10 Lunchtime Gallery Talk Focuses on Pissarro Painting at the Clark

For Immediate Release

March 25, 2008

The Louvre from the Pont Neuf by Camille Pissarro depicts the very heart of the city of Paris, showing the Seine as a bustling site of both commerce and leisure. This painting will be the subject of the Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, April 10. Sarah Lees, the Clark's associate curator of European art, will lead the free talk at 12:30 pm.

The Louvre from the Pont Neuf is one of a series of related canvases Camille Pissarro painted while seated at a window overlooking Paris, and it demonstrates his interest in urban subjects, as well as his skill at capturing a remarkable range of expression through simple variations of color and light. This talk will consider Pissarro’s painting both as a standalone work and as part of his exploration of the process of painting itself.

The series continues on Thursday, May 8, with Michael Cassin, director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts, discussing Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water by J. W. M. Turner. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk.

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

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