By Steven Kern, Karyn Esielonis, Patricia R. Ivinski, Rebecca Molholt, and Kate Burke
The great American art collector Robert Sterling Clark (1877-1956) once wrote, “I would much rather live with 20 Renoirs than with 20 Rembrandts!!!!” This January 1939 entry from Clark’s personal diary vividly conveys his consuming passion for Renoir as well as his highly personal approach to collecting. This beautifully illustrated volume brings together for the first time all thirty-three Renoir masterpieces currently in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, illuminating them with a compelling portrait of Clark, drawn from his never-before-published diary.
Though he preferred to remain largely anonymous, Sterling Clark was one of a handful of important collectors who helped to advance Renoir’s fame between the two World Wars. Responding most strongly to the artist’s early works, Clark also favored certain themes: his collection is particularly rich in works featuring children, in landscapes, and in portraits of women (including an exquisite, world-renowned group of Bathers).
Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Clark, this catalogue affords readers the rare opportunity to see all of Clark’s important Renoir collection in dazzling full-page colorplates that reveal all the color and artistry of the works.
112 pages, 9 x 12 inches
33 color and 30 black-and-white illustrations
Published in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
ISBN 0-8109-3746-8 (hardcover)