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Making quite an impression: Stunning exhibit opens at MFAH, giving Houston a rare look

Age of impressionism
KHOU's Lily Jang Courtesy photo

If you have out of town guests and have no idea how to keep them entertained, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has an impressive — pun intended — option.

The Age of Impressionism, a traveling exhibition that comprises 73 works by notable French artists, on loan from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., opens Sunday and is on view through March 23, 2014. The collection represents some of the most stunning and most significant paintings and sculptures produced in a style that today has wide appeal.

"After the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art, the Clark collection is the most important collection of Impressionist paintings in the country, and here it is in Houston," Gary Tinterow, MFAH director, says during an interview with KHOU Ch. 11 news anchor Lily Jang.

Among paintings by Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Berthe Morisot, the Clark is respected for its remarkable collection of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. On display as part of the exhibition are A Box at the Theater (At the Concert) and Sleeping Girl with a Cat, which reveal the beautiful colors, exquisite drawing style and sense of luxury that rendered Renoir one of the most famous living artists during World War I.

CultureMap reporter Elizabeth Rhodes suggests The Age of Impressionism as a respite from traditional holiday activities. No matter what age group, she says, Impressionist art never fails to wow everyone.

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The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute opens on Sunday and is on view through March 23, 2014. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for youth ages 13-18. Children ages 12 and under attend for free. Discounts are available for Museum of Fine Arts, Houston members.

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