Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Clark to put Degas, Pissaro, Cassett pastels on exhibit Oct. 29


Source: Clark Art Institute

PASTELS BY DEGAS, PISSARRO, CASSATT AND OTHERS

PASTELS BY DEGAS, PISSARRO, CASSATT AND OTHERS SUBJECT OF SPECIAL INSTALLATION
OPENING OCTOBER 29 AT THE CLARK

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- In the spirit of the 50th anniversary of the Sterling and
Francine Clark Art Institute, a special installation of pastels will be on view
beginning Saturday, October 29. The pastels are drawn from the Clark's
extensive collection of works on paper, which includes prints, drawings, and
photographs, and now numbers 5,000 objects. The installation is on view
through June 18, 2006.

French and American artists Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt,
Jean-Fran├žois Millet, Frederick Childe Hassam, Edouard Vuillard, and Edouard
Manet will be featured. These 19th-and early 20th-century artists revived the
traditional use of pastels for portraiture, and often depicted new subjects,
particularly modern life and the city. The fleeting quality of the pastel also
made it the perfect medium for representations of light, and these artists
experimented with the physical qualities of the medium.

The Clark's pastels, favorites with many visitors, are exhibited in the
galleries for limited periods of time because, as works on paper, they require
limited exposure to light. When not on public view, pastels and other works on
paper in the collection, including prints, drawings, watercolors, and
photographs, may be seen in print study room by appointment.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The
galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and
August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for
children 18 and younger, 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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