The Clark will tour twelve of the best Impressionist masterworks from its renowned collection to six art museums across the country as part of the fiftieth anniversary celebration. Collecting the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will premiere at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in November 2005. The exhibition expresses the Clark's commitment to making works from its collections available to communities in which the local museums do not have significant Impressionist holdings.
Left: A Girl Crocheting, c. 1875, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute)
Collecting the Impressionists will travel to the following museums:
The first nationally touring exhibition of works from the Clark's collections will feature twelve major paintings by Renoir, Monet, Degas, Pissarro, Manet, and Morisot. Among the highlights is Renoir's Girl Crocheting, the first of thirty-eight paintings by the artist acquired by Sterling Clark, which has not been seen outside of Williamstown since 1946. The exhibition will also include Monet's Duck Pond and Spring in Giverny, which traveled from the Clark only once before.
- Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts—November 12, 2005–January 1, 2006
- Phoenix Art Museum—January 21–March 12, 2006
- The Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, VA)—March 25–May 14, 2006
- The San Antonio Museum of Art—November 18, 2006–January 7, 2007
- Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach)—January 20–March 11, 2007
- Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha)—March 24–May 13, 2007