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The London Logs: Renoir on a Rainy Day

The Author By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | July 31st, 2012 | Comments No Comments

ra.jpgUsing his fortune from Singer sewing machines, an American expat settled in Paris in 1910 and stitched together one of the world’s best private collections of Impressionist artwork. Sterling and Francine Clark originally collected Old Masters and American art, but quickly shifted into collecting the new art of the era: Impressionist work by Monet, Degas, Sisley, Pissarro, Marisot – and especially Renoir.

Sterling and Francine Clark purchased their first Renoir in 1916 – only 41 years after it was painted. Sterling wasn’t sure he would keep Girl Crocheting, renoir.jpgbut ended up acquiring 39 Renoirs, 21 of which were on display in a visiting exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts (www.royalacademy.org.uk). Can you imagine living in Paris in the early 1900s collecting hot-off-the-canvass Renoirs?
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Tickets for this special exhibit were only £3 (about $5 US), but the permanent collection at the RA is free. During the summer Friday and Saturday evenings, free jazz concerts are held in the courtyard, where a statue to the RA’s first president Sir Joshua Reynolds lords.

For more about Sterling and Francine Clark, visit www.clarkart.edu/about/content.cfm?ID=146
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