press release

More than 65 celebrated masterpieces owned by rival brother collectors—Robert Sterling Clark (1877–1956), founder of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and Stephen Carlton Clark (1882–1960), a former trustee and illustrious donor to The Metropolitan Museum of Art—are featured in this unprecedented exhibition. Never before seen together, the most treasured paintings from Sterling Clark’s collection, including works by such 19th-century masters as Degas, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Homer, and Sargent, are seen side-by-side with commanding works by Cézanne, Seurat, Matisse, Picasso, Eakins, and Hopper, which held pride of place in Stephen Clark’s collection. The brothers’ “silent rivalry” is given currency through works that invite comparison, such as two early self-portraits by Degas and similar rustic scenes by Homer and Remington, from their respective collections. Their mutual admiration for Renoir is highlighted in grand form by the artist’s Sleeping Girl with a Cat and At the Concert from Sterling’s collection, and A Waitress at Duval’s Restaurant and Madame Henriot in Costume, from Stephen’s collection. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to appreciate the remarkable legacies of these two brothers, both heirs to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune and native New Yorkers, who played notable but ultimately divergent roles as patrons of the arts in the United States. Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings: The Clark Brother Collect marks the 50th anniversary of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, which organized the exhibition in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accompanied by a catalogue.

Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings: The Clark Brothers Collect

Künstler: Camille Corot, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Edward Hopper, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, John Singer Sargent, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Bonnard.