Member Gallery Talk: Beyond Skin Deep

Member Gallery Talk: Beyond Skin Deep


September 18, 2019

9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Clark Center


Beyond Skin Deep
Guest experts bring their unique perspectives as we consider Renoir’s magnificent nudes.

September 4, 9 am
Brian Martin, Professor of French & Comparative Literature, Williams College
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s work reflects a broad range of both artistic and literary production in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France, from the paintings of Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, and Paul Cézanne to the poems, stories, and novels of Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant, Émile Zola, Charles Baudelaire, André Gide, and Marcel Proust. This gallery talk will examine several of Renoir’s paintings as a window into the mutual influence of these painters and writers, and their focus on sexuality and social class in fin-de-siècle France. 

September 13, 9 am
Nadine Robbins, Local Artist
Local artist and photo realist painter of nudes, people, and oysters, Nadine Robbins will provide her own views on selected works in Renoir: The Body, The Senses in comparison to Renoir and other more contemporary and modern artists.

September 18, 9 am
Carol Ockman, Professor of Art History, Williams College
Fleshing Out Renoir
Ockman will examine the artist’s insistence on the nude, the bather, and the seemingly timeless body in the context of both the classical tradition and his particular construction of femininity. She will discuss the importance of the social history of art, and especially the role of evolving feminist scholarship, in interpreting Renoir’s work.

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are required for all member events unless specified otherwise. Due to security regulations and the sensitive nature of works in our collection, we cannot accept walk-ins.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Call 413 458 0425 or visit to make a reservation.

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919), Blonde Bather, 1881. Oil on canvas, 32 1/8 x 25 3/4 in. Clark Art Institute, 1955.609