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Passion for Renoir. The Collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

19.10.2010 - 13.02.2011

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was one of the leading artists of Impressionism, as well as a painter highly alert to the lessons of the great masters of the past, including some of those best represented in the Prado, such as Titian, Rubens and Velázquez, whose work he could have seen during his trip to the Museum in 1892. Renoir devoted himself to painting with an all-absorbing passion throughout his career, achieving great renown and popularity among his contemporaries. The outstanding group of 31 works by the artist, which are the finest among the collection of paintings by Renoir assembled by the American collector Robert Sterling Clark (1877-1956), founder of the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute (Williamstown), will be displayed at the Prado in the first monographic exhibition to be held on the artist in Spain.

Curators:
Javier Barón, Head of the Department of 19th-century Painting at the Prado, and Richard Rand, senior curator at the Clark.

Access

Room 16B. Villanueva Building

Opening time

From Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 8pm (Last access at 7pm)

Supported by:
Fundación BBVA

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Exhibition

The collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

The collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
The Clarks.

The core of the collection of paintings from the Clark Institute originates in the large group of Impressionist works assembled by Sterling and Francine Clark over the course of four decades. For the Clarks, Pierre-Auguste Renoir represented the quintessence of Impressionism and as a result they acquired more than 35 of his paintings, including some of his most important creations. Among them are the Self-portrait (ca.1875), a painting whose technique departs from Renoir’s habitual delicacy to offer a notably powerful expressivity; Portrait of Madame Monet (ca.1874), which spans the boundary between portraiture and genre painting and deploys an unconventional type of fragmented brushstroke; The Wash-House at Bas-Meudon (ca.1874), and The Bridge at Chatou (ca.1875), which are highly experimental landscapes dating from Renoir’s finest Impressionist period; “La Loge” (The Theatre Box) (1880), which uses strong tonal contrasts of blacks and whites and avoids the predominantly blue palette that had characterised Renoir’s work over the previous five years; Peonies(ca.1880), one of the artist’s most magnificent flower paintings and an example of the way in which he delighted in filling his canvases to the edges without leaving any empty space; Onions (1881), a fluidly painted and informal but carefully structured composition that was Sterling Clark’s favourite work by the artist; and The Bath (Girl arranging her Hair) (1885), one of the most precisely and exquisitely drawn of Renoir’s figures and the culmination of his mastery of the Impressionist technique.

Through this exceptional loan of almost the entire collection, which will be shown for the first time as group outside the Clark Institute, the exhibition will allow the Spanish public to appreciate the breadth and importance of Renoir’s ideas through works from the most important phases of his career, between 1874 and 1900, and through the principal genres in which he worked, namely portraiture, the female figure, the nude, landscape, still life and flowers. These works reveal the contribution made by Renoir to painting of his own day as well as the profound nature of his links to the great pictorial traditions of the past.

As with all the Impressionists, Renoir is an artist barely represented in Spanish public collections with the sole exception of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which, like the Clark Art Institute, has its origins in a private collection.

The Clark Institute was founded in the city of Williamstown (Massachusetts) through the generous patronage of the Clarks. The Institute’s Museum opened in 1955. The Impressionist paintings are especially notable among its rich and diverse holdings, while particularly outstanding within that group are the works by Renoir that form the basis of the present exhibition.

Artworks

1

The Ingenue

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 55,7 x 46,4 cm
c. 1876
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

2

Madame Claude Monet Reading

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 61,6 x 50,3 cm
c. 1872
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

3

Wash-House on the Lower Meudon

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 50 x 61 cm
1875
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

4

Bridge at Chatou

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 51,1 x 65,4 cm
c. 1875
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

5

Self-Portrait

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 39,1 x 31,6 cm
c. 1875
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

6

A Girl Crocheting

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 73,5 x 60,3 cm
c. 1875
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

7

Père Fournaise

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 56,2 x 47 cm
1875
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

8

Tama, the Japanese Dog

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 38,2 x 46,2 cm
c. 1876
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

9

A Girl with a Fan

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 65,4 x 54 cm
c. 1879- 1880
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

10

Thérèse Berard

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 55,9 x 46,8 cm
1879
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

11

Study for “Scene from Tannhäuser - Third Act

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 54,8 x 65,7 cm
c. 1879
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

12

Sunset at the Sea

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 45,7 x 61 cm
1879
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

13

At the Concert

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 99,4 x 80,7 cm
1880
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

14

Sleeping Girl with a Cat

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 120,3 x 91,9 cm
1880
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

15

Peonies

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 54,3 x 65,7 cm
c. 1880
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

16

Studies of the Berard Children

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 62,6 x 81,9 cm
1881
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

17

Venice, the Doge’s Palace

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 54,5 x 65,7 cm
1881
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

18

The Bay of Naples, with Vesuvius in the Background

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 57,9 x 80,8 cm
1881
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

19

The Onions

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 39,1 x 60,6 cm
1881
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

20

The Blonde Bather

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 81,6 x 65,4 cm
1881
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

21

Mademoiselle Fleury in Algerian Costume

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 126,49 x 78,1 cm
1882
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

22

Marie-Thérèse Durand-Ruel Sewing

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 64,9 x 54 cm
1882
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

23

Seascape

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 54 x 65 cm
1883
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

24

View at Guernsey

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 46 x 55,7 cm
1883
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

25

Apples in a Dish

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 54,1 x 65 cm
1883
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

26

Bather Arranging Her Hair

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 91,9 x 73 cm
1885
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

27

Standing Bather

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 43,2 x 27,3 cm
1887
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

28

The Letter

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 64,9 x 81,1 cm
c. 1895-1900
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

29

A Girl Reading

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 41,6 x 32,7 cm
1891
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

30

Jaques Fray

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 42,2 x 33,8 cm
1904
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

31

Self-portrait

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas, 41,09 x 32,99 cm
c.1897
Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

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