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The Fog Lifts to Reveal Monet’s London at Lecture August 26 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

August 16, 2007

Cut through the fog of time to expose Claude Monet’s visions of London with assistant curator of education Danielle Steinmann on Sunday, August 26 at 2 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Steinmann will explore Monet’s longstanding fascination with London and his vision of this great city. “Monet’s London,” the last in a three part Sunday lecture series on Monet, is free. The exhibition The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings is on view through Sunday, September 16.

Monet often expressed his desire to capture on canvas the unique environment of London winters, when the natural mists on the river mixed with coal smoke to create an ever-changing atmosphere of smog. Although he traveled there frequently over the years to visit his son, his friends James Abbott McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent, and to see his work on view in exhibitions, it wasn’t until 1899 that he began in earnest a series of images of London and the River Thames. By 1905 Monet had completed almost 100 paintings, featuring the now famous views of the Waterloo and Charing Cross bridges and the Houses of Parliament. On one trip, the many unfinished canvases he was working on didn’t arrive on time, forcing him to turn to the medium of pastel, which he admitted “showed him what he had to do” once he was able to return to the paintings. Some of these pastels and paintings are currently on view in The Unknown Monet exhibition.

The Unknown Monet is not your typical Monet exhibition. Utilizing largely unknown and rarely exhibited works, the exhibition explores Monet’s work as a youthful caricaturist, masterful draftsman, and skilled pastel artist. This groundbreaking exhibition, containing the first significant concentration of Monet’s pastels to be exhibited together since the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874, also includes three-dozen drawings and fourteen paintings. An innovative, searchable database and series of computer kiosks allow for unprecedented access to Monet’s eight existing sketchbooks from the Musée Marmottan. This exhibition is on view through September 16.

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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