Clark Curators To Put "Masterpieces In Focus"

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2004

A series of lectures at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, will explore great works of art featured in the summer exhibition "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!": The Bruyas Collection from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. At 2:00 p.m. on selected Saturdays in July and August, Clark curators will present "Masterpieces in Focus." Each lecture will highlight a different work of art. The series will begin on Saturday, July 3, at 2 p.m. when Sarah Lees will discuss Gustave Courbet's The Meeting ("Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!"). Lees is assistant curator at the Clark and general editor of the exhibition catalogue. Admission to the auditorium lectures is free.

Remaining lectures in the series will be: "Eugène Delacroix's Women of Algiers in Their Apartment" by Mark Ledbury, associate director of the research and academic program, on July 17; "Master Drawings from the Bruyas Collection" by James Ganz, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, on August 7; and "Gustave Courbet's The Bathers" by Richard Rand, senior curator, on August 28.

The Clark will also offer a related series of lectures by distinguished guest speakers this summer. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

 "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!" is on view June 27 through September 6. The show features masterpieces by Gustave Courbet, Eugène Delacroix, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Camille Corot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Alexandre Cabanel, and others. The show highlights some of the most influential images of 19th-century French painting, including the famous title painting by Courbet. The 45 paintings, 20 drawings, and five sculptures, many of which have rarely been seen in the United States, are all drawn from the collection of Alfred Bruyas (1821-1876). Bruyas was one of the foremost collectors of art of his day in France. The exhibition is organized by the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, and the Clark, with the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free).

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