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Another Impression of Renoir at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Friday, April 13, 2007

Renoir Landscapes subject of annual Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture

April 9, 2007 (Detroit)—While many famous artists are best known for the type of art they create—van Gogh’s landscapes or Warhol’s pop art, for example—they often have other sides less well known. Impressionist Auguste-Pierre Renoir is one such artist. Famous for his sensual portraits and vibrant still-lifes, Renoir was also an innovative landscape painter.

“Let Him Remain a Landscape Painter,” is the title of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) annual Dr. Coleman A. Mopper Memorial Lecture on Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Dr. Colin B. Bailey, chief curator of the Frick Collection in New York City, will discuss Renoir’s landscape paintings, an important part of his work that many people are not familiar with. The talk is free with museum admission.

Renoir’s landscapes were highly praised by fellow impressionist Edgar Degas, who said, “Let him do no more portraits, let him remain a landscape painter.” Bailey uses Degas’ comment as a starting point for his revealing look at Renoir’s landscapes, including the DIA’s Clearing in the Woods.

Bailey is a leading scholar on 18th and 19th century French painting. He recently co-organized the exhibition Renoir’s Landscapes, 1861-1883 and contributed to the exhibition’s catalog.

The Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture was established in 1997 in memory of Dr. Coleman Mopper. He and his wife, Shirley, have been devoted and generous patrons of the DIA and founding members of the DIA auxiliary Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Shirley Mopper continues her late husband’s legacy by devoting a large part of her time to the museum. As active collectors of European sculpture, painting and decorative arts, the Moppers have given numerous works to the DIA, and were recognized with the museum’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

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