Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Opens Rembrandt and Degas Exhibition

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists an exhibition on view November 13, 2011 – February 5, 2012.

After its critically acclaimed presentation at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists makes its American debut at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. The exhibition explores the Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn’s impact on French Impressionist Edgar Degas by presenting the self-portraits both artists created in their early twenties. This exhibition brings two magnificent paintings by Rembrandt to the Clark from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, as well as etchings from international collections.

“The Clark is pleased to have worked with our colleagues at the Rijksmuseum on this exhibition, and we’re happy it will expand as it goes on to The Metropolitan Museum of Art after the Clark’s presentation. The collaboration of the three museums, each with its own collection strengths, has made possible a truly remarkable exhibition,” said Clark director Michael Conforti. “The Clark is delighted to bring this exhibition to the Berkshires with its revealing comparisons between works by Rembrandt and Degas. I know visitors will be excited by the opportunity to see such important works of art.”

This exhibition was organized by the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, in association with the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Image: Edgar Degas, Self-Portrait, 1857-58. Oil on paper on canvas, 26 x 19 cm. Williamstown, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.544. Photo Michael Agee.

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