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Colorful Pastels by Cassatt, Hassam, Degas at the Clark through October 24

For Immediate Release

September 03, 2004

Pastels by American Impressionists Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassam are among the 19th-century pastels now on view at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. A special installation, drawn from the Clark's collection, is on view now through October 24. Pastels by French artists Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Jean-François Millet are also featured.

Currently on view are: Woman with Baby, Child with Red Hat, and Portrait of Mrs. Cyrus J. Lawrence with Grandson R. Lawrence Oakley by Cassatt; Entrance of the Masked Dancers by Degas; Little Girl with a Pear by Hassam; Boulevard de Clichy, Effect of Winter Sunlight by Pissarro; and The Sower by Millet.

The pastels are complemented by two drawings by French Impressionist artist Gustave Caillebotte, both studies for the famous 1877 painting Paris Street, Rainy Day in the Art Institute of Chicago. The drawings Study of a Couple Seen from the Front under an Umbrella and Perspective Study of Streets are on loan from Elyn Zimmerman and the estate of the late Kirk Varnedoe.

The Clark's pastels are favorites with many visitors. They are exhibited in the galleries for limited periods of time because, as works on paper, they require limited exposure to light. When not on public view, pastels and other works on paper in the collection, including prints, drawings, watercolors, and photographs, may be seen in the Print Study Room by appointment.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 6; after September 6, the galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free). For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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