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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, A Box at the Theater (At the Concert), 1880, oil on canvas, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Image © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

A Passion for Renoir

Saturday, Feb 01, 2014
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Helga Aurisch, curator of European art.

Although Sterling Clark loved the work of many French Impressionists, his special passion was Pierre-Auguste Renoir, whom he considered one of the greatest painters of all time—on a par with the great masters of the Renaissance. Clark avidly collected Renoir, amassing 39 works including portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and genre scenes, concentrating his collecting on paintings created when Renoir was at the height of his career.

Helga Aurisch explores the 20 works by Renoir on view in The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, placing them in the context of the artist's career. Questions about the content of this lecture? E-mail

About the Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lecture Series
This series of lectures is held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. with a repeat on Saturdays at 4 p.m. in Brown Auditorium Theater. A reception to meet the speaker and a “Your Turn to Speak” tour follow each lecture.

$5 MFAH Members
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission
Free for Members at the Patron, Supporting, Sponsor, and Benefactor levels, up to two tickets. Leadership Circle members receive unlimited free tickets.
Secure your seat in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button above and print at home; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

Friday and Saturday Afternoon Lectures at the MFAH, receive generous support from The John C. Wynne Memorial Lecture Series for Art Education.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.