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Renoir: The Body, The Senses

On June 27th, the Cultural Services of French Embassy in New York will host a discussion between Esther Bell, Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator of the Clark Art Institute, and George T. M. Shackelford, deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum. The pair are co-curators of the exhibition Renoir: The Body, The Senses. The exhibition is on display this summer at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, and will then open in the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX in late October.

During his long career, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) continually turned to the human figure for artistic inspiration. The body—particularly the nude—was the defining subject of Renoir’s artistic practice, from his early days as a student copying the old masters in the Louvre to the early twentieth century, when his revolutionary style of painting inspired the masters of modernism. The curators of this exhibit reconsider Renoir a constantly evolving artist whose style moved from Realism into Impressionism, culminating in the modern classicism of his final decades.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, commonly referred to as the Clark, is an art museum and research institution located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its collection consists of European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts from the fourteenth to the early twentieth century.

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A reception will follow

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