For Missoula residents, it has never been easier to get up close and personal with Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The French Impressionist painter never visited Western Montana; but right now, the paint from his palette and the sublimely delicate impressions left by his hand are right here, hanging on the wall of a small gallery on the University of Montana campus.
The mere presence of three original works by Renoir – at least one of which hasn’t been exhibited in more than 40 years – is enough to draw art history buffs from near and far to Missoula. Add in a dozen other works by some of history’s most recognized artists – including Paul Gauguin, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, and John William Waterhouse – and the exhibit, titled “Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin and other European Masterpieces from a Private Collection,” lives up to its name. [Read More...]