Wine Tasting Event to Recreate Renoir's Journey through the Mediterranean

For Immediate Release

March 07, 2003

Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir traveled around the Mediterranean Sea on his way to Algeria in 1882. This journey is the focus of the special event, "A Sommelier's Journey through Renoir's Mediterranean" at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin with a gallery talk, in which Clark curators will retrace Renoir's trip and highlight the paintings in the exhibition Renoir and Algeria.  At 6:15, Jim Nejaime of Nejaime's Wine Cellars will introduce participants to select wines from the great vineyards of the western Mediterranean. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Tickets are $40 ($30 for members of the Clark). To reserve space, call 413-458-2303, extension 324 or email

The wine tasting is offered in connection with the exhibition Renoir and Algeria, on view at the Clark through May 11. The Clark's great painting Mlle. Fleury in Algerian Costume by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is the inspiration for this exhibition, the first devoted to the Impressionist artist's Algerian subjects. The show will feature studio paintings done in Paris as well as landscapes, portraits, and images of life in Algeria inspired by Renoir's trips in 1881 and 1882. Organized by the Clark Art Institute with guest curator Roger Benjamin, a leading scholar of French Orientalist art, the exhibition features about 15 paintings as well as French Algerian photographs and travel postcards.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit Admission is free throughout the exhibition.

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