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Dr. Coleman A. Mopper Memorial Lecture

Monday, April 09, 2007



Contact:    Pamela Marcil         313-833-7899  

            Dave Priestly         313-833-9151  


              Renoir— Landscapes? Who Knew?

   Dr. Coleman A. Mopper Memorial Lecture at the DIA:

             Renoir’s Landscapes 1865-1883


      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 another side that is not generally known. Impressionist Auguste-Pierre Renoir is one such artist. Famous for his sensual portraits and vibrant still-lifes, Renoir was also a innovative landscape artist.

      “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.  Colin B. Bailey, chief curator of the Frick Collection in New York City, will reveal an important side of Renoir most people are not familiar with.

      Regarded as one of the leading portrait and still-life impressionist painters, Renoir also delighted in painting sensuous female nudes. His ability to blend warm colors made the faces he painted vivid and inviting.  Bailey’s lecture develops from the comment of Renoir’s fellow impressionist, Edgar Degas, who said, “Let him do no more portraits, let him remain a landscape painter.” Bailey, who recently organized the distinguished exhibition devoted to Renoir’s portraits, will evaluate the validity of Degas’ assessment. 

      Bailey will look at several of Renoir’s landscape works including La Foret de Fontainebleau (Clearing in the Woods), which is part of the DIA’s collection. Bailey has researched the topic thoroughly due to his soon-to-be-released book Renoir’s Landscapes, 1861-1883. The recent interest in Renoir’s landscapes has opened the door for the re-examination of the dates and sites used in his works. Bailey will discuss this topic.

      The Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture was established in 1997 in memory of Dr. Coleman Mopper. He was devoted and generous patron of the DIA and founding member of the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. His wife Shirley continues his legacy by devoting a large part of her time to the DIA.  As active collectors of European sculpture, painting and decorative arts, the Moppers have given numerous works to the DIA. Dr. and Mrs. Mopper were recognized with the first Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the DIA Founders Society in 1996.




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