The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute December 21, 2013–May 3, 2014

The acclaimed international tour of The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute concludes in Houston at the MFAH. Showcasing the Clark's renowned holdings of 19th-century French painting, this spectacular exhibition features more than 70 works of art by a stellar lineup that includes Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Also represented are Pierre Bonnard, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Jean-François Millet, Berthe Morisot, Alfred Sisley, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

The Clark launched the collection tour in 2011 at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, coinciding with a three-year expansion of the Clark's Williamstown, Massachusetts, facility. The MFAH is only the second, and the final, U.S. museum to host the exhibition.

This remarkable presentation tells not only the story of Sterling and Francine Clark's devotion to and passion for collecting but also of painting in 19th-century France, from the Orientalist works of Gérôme; to the Barbizon paintings of Corot and Théodore Rousseau; to the Impressionist masterpieces of Degas, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Sisley; and concluding with the Early Modern output of Bonnard and Lautrec. Portraits, landscapes, marines, still lifes, and scenes of everyday life by 25 artists, spanning 70 years, are all on view.

Exhibition Shop and Catalogue
Visit the Great French Impressionists Shop for a variety of merchandise related to the art on view. The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through The MFAH Shop (713.639.7360) and in the Museum's Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).

In-Gallery Extra: Audio Tours in Both English and Spanish
Enhance your on-site experience and learn more about the artwork on view. You may purchase the optional audio tour at the admissions desks and at the cart at the exhibition entrance.

Luxury Hotel Package 
Hotel ZaZa offers the fabulous "Arts & Smarts" series.

This exhibition is organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. An indemnity has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Lead foundation underwriting is provided by The Hamill Foundation.

Lead Corporate Sponsor: TMK IPSCO

Additional generous funding is provided by:
Margaret Alkek Williams
Lisa and Downing Mears
M. D. Anderson Foundation
Mr. Samuel F. Gorman
Birgitt Van Wijk


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