The Berkshires are well known for their art and culture but few area museums fully justify this reputation like The Clark Art Institute. The Clark is one of the world’s most beloved and respected art museums, with a collection of more than 6,000 pieces spanning from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.
Any self-respecting art or history fan who finds themselves in the Berkshires owes it to themselves to visit The Clark. The 140 acre campus, surrounded by gorgeous forest and mountain vistas, is a jewel unto itself – never mind the art!
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The Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, MA is considered one of the country’s foremost art museums. The stunning collection includes paintings, sculpture, decorative art, and works on paper from around the world and ranging from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.
Though nearly an hour’s drive from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, the Clark Art Institute remains a worthy destination for fans of fine art. Few museums in the country can rival The Clark’s collection, which includes more than 6,000 works from some of the most important and celebrated artists in history. Dürer, Rodin, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Homer, Pissarro, Cassatt, Millet, Inness, and Singer Sargent, to name but a few.
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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn lived from 1606 to 1669. He was drawn to art at a young age and quickly mastered all he was taught. By the time he was 22 years of age, he had developed a reputation as an excellent artist. Students flocked to him from that point on.
Edgar Degas lived from 1834 to 1917. He left school at a young age in order to study art. Degas spent years copying the works of Renaissance Masters, and had drawn and painted over 700 such copies by the time he was 13. Rembrandt, who made self-portraits throughout his life, was one of the masters studied closely by Degas.
Guests of our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires will soon have the opportunity to see many of the early works of Rembrandt and Degas at The Clark Art Institute. Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists opens November 13, 2011. The exhibit runs through February 5, 2012, when it moves to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
The Clark is the first United States stop of the tour of Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists. The exhibit comes to the Massachusetts Berkshires directly from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where it originated. It is a collaboration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Clark Art Institute, and the Rijksmuseum.
If you can’t make it to our Lenox Bed and Breakfast this October to see magnificent fall foliage, head here this winter to see magnificent art.
More information about the exhibit may be found at The Clark.
There is still time to catch Picasso Looks at Degas at The Clark, in nearby Williamstown, MA; it runs through September 12, 2010. Guests of our Berkshires bed and breakfast will find this to be a fascinating exhibit and a delightful addition to their stay.
Edgar Degas was born in Paris in 1834 and died there in 1917. Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881 and died in France in 1973. Though the two men are thought to have never met, Picasso was inspired by the work of Degas and paid tribute to the older artist in quite a few pieces of art. Never hesitant to respond to the work of another artist, Picasso brought his own unique vision to some of Degas’ most familiar subjects: ballet dancers, women bathing, and cafés.
The Clark and Musée Picasso, Barcelona worked together to organize this exhibit – the first devoted to Picasso’s relationship with the art of Edgar Degas. “Picasso Looks at Degas is the first exploration of Picasso’s lifelong fascination with Degas’s art and personality, and sheds light on the emergence of twentieth-century modernism by providing new insights into the multifaceted creativity of these two great artists” (museum website).
Early September is a wonderful time to travel to our bed and breakfast Berkshires. Summer crowds are gone and leaf peepers haven’t yet arrived. Here and there a colorful tree gives a hint of the transformation the woods will soon undergo. Days tend to be warm, evenings cool, and the air feels a bit more crisp than it has during the past few months. It feels good to sit by a crackling fire in the evening, sipping a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or spirits. Let us give you the opportunity to do just that. Let us pamper you.