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Renoir’s Girl With a Fan Takes Center Stage at June 11 Gallery Talk

For Immediate Release

May 29, 2009

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s engaging painting, Girl with a Fan, will be the focus of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk on Thursday, June 11, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Sarah Lees, associate curator of European art, will lead this gallery talk at 12:30 pm. This talk is free with paid gallery admission.

At first glance, Renoir’s Girl with a Fan seems to be the type of appealing depiction of a lovely young woman typical of the artist’s work. On further examination, however, the painting begins to provoke numerous questions. It is difficult to say whether it is a portrait of a specific person or a generalized depiction of feminine beauty, or to determine where the figure is situated in space and how all the elements of the picture fit together. Lees will discuss these and other intriguing details during her gallery talk.

The series continues on Thursday, July 9, when Jay Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, will look at selections from the Manton Collection. 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 talks. Looking at Lunchtime Talks are free with paid gallery admission.

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 June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.


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