The Genius of Renoir: Paintings from the Clark

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With a consuming enthusiasm for the paintings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), art collector Sterling Clark assembled one of the greatest private collections of Renoir's work during the first half of the 20th century. Today the masterpieces he so admired form a vital part of the Impressionist holdings of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Genius of Renoir: Paintings from the Clark offers a fascinating, fresh look at the thirty-two Renoir paintings in the Clark collection, featuring beautiful ...

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Overview

With a consuming enthusiasm for the paintings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), art collector Sterling Clark assembled one of the greatest private collections of Renoir's work during the first half of the 20th century. Today the masterpieces he so admired form a vital part of the Impressionist holdings of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Genius of Renoir: Paintings from the Clark offers a fascinating, fresh look at the thirty-two Renoir paintings in the Clark collection, featuring beautiful digital color reproductions created especially for this volume.

The book brings to light new and often revelatory scholarship concerning the importance of each work, both within Renoir's oeuvre and within the Clark collection. Among the richly varied paintings, encompassing portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, are such key works as Marie-Thérèse Durand-Ruel Sewing, A Box at the Theater (At the Concert), Onions, and Venice, the Doge's Palace. John House, a leading authority on Renoir, offers an in-depth analysis of each of the works in the collection, and curator-author James A. Ganz draws on extensive archival research on Sterling Clark's pursuits as an art collector and museum founder to illuminate this visionary and often enigmatic man.

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Editorial Reviews

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This book coincides with an exhibition at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. In his introductory essay, James A. Ganz (curator, Achenbach Fdn. for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco) charts art collector Sterling Clark's collecting history. Beginning his collection with old master paintings and drawings, Clark transferred his interests to the French impressionists and late-19th century academic genre painting. In 1916, Clark purchased his first Renoir for a collection that would include some of the artist's finest paintings. From 1930 to 1940, Clark acquired 20 high-quality pictures by the artist, believing that Renoir was a continuation of the art of the old masters. He had also always planned to create a museum and educational institution, which was partially opened in 1955 in Williamstown, MA. The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute unveiled its impressionist gallery in 1956—the facility still showcases Clark's collections. VERDICT With detailed entries on each painting by noted art historian House and beautiful illustrations throughout, this book is recommended for anyone interested in Renoir's art.—Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Univ. Lib., MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300111057
  • Publisher: Clark, Sterling & Francine Art Institute
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


John House is Walter H. Annenberg Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. James A. Ganz is curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
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