The Unknown Monet Inspires Caricature Creations this Summer at the Clark

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2007

Claude Monet, one of the world’s most well known and favorite artists, once made a living by making caricatures. This playful, artistic tradition continues throughout the summer at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute during the exhibition The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings. Caricature artists will be on hand for Caricature Creations on Tuesdays in July from 2 to 6 pm, and Saturdays in August from 11 am to 3 pm. For a $5 fee, sit as Monet’s customers did and bring home a caricature of yourself.

The Caricature Creations will be crafted by New Hampshire and Boston-area artists from FUN Enterprises. The caricaturists come from variety of backgrounds with many receiving their training at prestigious art schools in the New England area, including the MFA School, the Art Institute of Boston, and Montserrat. Visitors to the Caricature Cart in Downtown Boston at Marketplace Center may already be familiar with the work of these talented artists.

The Unknown Monet explores the artist’s entire career beginning with young Oscar’s (as Claude was then known) first commissions—caricatures of local residents from his home of Le Havre. Monet’s little known, whimsical caricatures such as Jules Didier, “Butterfly Man” (c. 1858, Art Institute of Chicago) and Caricature of a Man with a Snuff Box (c. 1858, the Clark) represent an important stage in his early artistic development and demonstrate his awareness of popular modes of journalistic illustration as practiced by professionals.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm (open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm September through June). 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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