The view from Belle Ile: Rare Monet and Ellsworth Kelly works unveiled at the …

Two artistic views of the rugged French coastline of Belle Ile are on display at Williamstown’s Clark Art Institute now through Feb. 15. Large, hypnotizing impressionistic paintings of Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) dominate. In counterpoint, in this two-gallery exhibit, are the line drawings of Ellsworth Kelly (1923 -), who could be considered as the minimalist’s minimalist.

The show, displaying nine of Monet’s canvases and 20 of Kelly’s works, was designed and curated by the Spencertown, N.Y. Details extend to Kelly’s choice in the hue of white painted upon the gallery’s walls. At 91, the soft-spoken artist is very much still in the game, working on new projects and traveling widely.

“We’re really excited about this,” said Richard Rand, the Clark’s

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