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    Clark Symposium: Painting Quickly, Lasting Impressions

    July 29 through August 4
    A week of conversations between guest scholars on the themes of Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890

    Click here for a list of papers presented at this symposium.

    Public Symposium
    Saturday, August 4, 1:30 to 5:30 pm
    Scholarship in the area of Impressionism has been both remarkably lively and remarkably international in the last generation. Yet, most of the scholars currently working in France, Britain, Germany, and the United States conceive of the movement in ways that reflect the intellectual traditions of their own countries and institutions. Rarely do they get much opportunity to work together. That will change this summer, when the Clark invites nine scholars to spend a week together in Williamstown to discuss the intellectual problems raised by the exhibition. The group will present their findings to the public in a lively series of discussions on Saturday, August 4. Speakers will include:
    • Richard R. Brettell, Professor of Aesthetic Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, and Curator of Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890
    • Stephen Eisenman, Professor of Art History, Northwestern University
    • Tamar Garb, Professor, Department of the History of Art, University College, London
    • Richard Kendall, independent scholar, New York
    • Matthias Krüger, Research Fellow, University of Hamburg
    • Rodolphe Rapetti, Chief Curator, Musées de France
    • Richard Shiff, Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and Director, Center for the Study of Modernism, University of Texas at Austin
    • Michael F. Zimmermann, Deputy Director, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich

    The discussions will be moderated by John House of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, a noted scholar of Impressionism.

    Tickets: $15 General Admission; $12 for Students and Friends of the Clark

    Symposium registration includes admission to the exhibition Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890 on August 4. Please take your symposium ticket to the admission desk for admission to the galleries.

    To register for the public symposium, please call 413-458-0524, e-mail The Box Office, or print out the registration form and fax it to 413-458-5902 or mail to:

    Events Office
    The Clark
    225 South Street
    Williamstown, MA 01267

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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir, By the Fireplace
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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir
    By the Fireplace, 1876

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