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National Gallery Curator Discusses "Cézanne in Provence" on August 5 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

July 19, 2007

Paul Cézanne has long held an undisputed position as one of the fathers of modern art. During the lecture "Cézanne in Provence" on Sunday, August 5, Philip Conisbee, senior curator of European Painting at the National Gallery of Art, presents Cézanne as one of the most important artists of his own time and place, exploring his personal bond with the Pays d'Aix, the countryside around his native Aix-en-Provence in France, its landscape, its inhabitants, his family and friends who lived there. Discover "Cézanne in Provence" at 2 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Admission to this lecture is free.

In his lecture Conisbee proposes that, if Cézanne studied with the Impressionists, and eventually gained his international reputation in Paris, it was in and around Aix that Cézanne created some of his greatest, most radical, and above all most moving works of art. As he spent increasingly long periods of time living and working there, and almost exclusively the last ten years of his life, he painted his native landscape with increasing urgency. To Cézanne it represented a living Arcadia, imbued with rich personal and historical associations.

Conisbee is senior curator of European painting at the National Gallery of Art. Among his many exhibitions and publications, in 2006 he was curator of the centennial celebration of Cézanne's artistic achievement, Cézanne in Provence, held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence.

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 (closed Mondays, 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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