Opening Lecture for Renoir: The Body, The Senses

Opening Lecture for Renoir: The Body, The Senses


June 8, 2019

11:00 AM-12:00 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Please join Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator of the Clark Esther Bell and Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum George Shackelford as they present an overview of Renoir: The Body, The Senses.

Over the course of his long career, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) continually turned to the human figure for artistic inspiration. The body—particularly the nude—was the defining subject of Renoir’s artistic practice, from his early days as a student copying the old masters in the Louvre to the early twentieth century, when his revolutionary style of painting inspired the masters of modernism. The curators of this exhibition reconsider Renoir as a constantly evolving artist whose style moved from Realism into Impressionism, culminating in the modern classicism of his last decades.

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Blonde Bather (detail), 1881. Oil on canvas. Clark Art Institute, 1955.609