Within these walls are canvases by Renoir (34 of them), Degas, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro, and Corot, their predecessor. Look for Turner's splendid seascape, Rockets and Blue Lights. Also on display is the famed Degas sculpture "Little Dancer", a signature work of the Institute. The Clarks were more disciplined in their acquisitions than most wealthy collectors, and their museum qualifies as one of the great cultural resources of the Berkshires and of the state.
Apart from the collection itself, the Clarks' farsighted endowment funded the modern wing added to the original neoclassical building. Their stipulation that there be no admission fee was finally breached, but the charge applies only to adults 4 months a year. A substantial bookstore in the lobby has been joined by a snack counter and an attractive cafe, which is open July-August. An additional wing, Stone Hill Center, opened in 2008.
- © Frommer's 2013
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