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Still time to see the Impressionists: Marvelous exhibition extended for six weeks

MFAH The Age of Impressionism December 2013 Renoir - A Box at the Theater
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, A Box at the Theater (At the Concert), 1880, oil on canvas, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. Photo courtesy of © The Clark

The painterly brushstrokes, the allure of Parisian life, the sensual soft palette — have you ever met one person who claims to dislike Impressionism? If you have, it's highly plausible that such an individual was dropped kicked in the head as a baby, thinks Juan Pablo Galavis is an honest gent or, worse, has a mega crush on Justin Bieber. Mon Dieu!

Houston, you are in luck because the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has announced that the exhibition The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, which was originally scheduled to strike down on March 23, will hang in the Bayou City just a tad longer — through May 4.

 Houston is the second U.S. stop and the final destination in the collection's three-year tour.

As Houston is the second U.S. stop and the final destination in the collection's three-year tour, the six-week extension won't ruin another city's plans to bask in the glory of turn-of-the-century Paris.

Among the 70-plus breathtaking paintings are works by Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Jean-François Millet. If you need to smarten up before heading to the museum, read CultureMap contributor Tarra Gaines' savvy tips to prove "your Impressionism quaint-cobblestone street cred."

Adult tickets to the Age of Impressionism are $20 on weekdays and $23 of weekends. A combo ticket that includes admission to the exhibition John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors is available for $30 on weekdays and $35 on weekends. Discounts are available for seniors, military personnel and students.

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