Learn the Stories Behind the Paintings in Clark Mini-Course

For Immediate Release

October 18, 2002

The "hidden" stories behind famous paintings will be revealed in a four-part mini-course at the Clark Art Institute. "Every Picture Tells a Story" will be offered on the last Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m., beginning October 30 and continuing November 27, January 29, and February 26. Clark curator of education Michael Cassin will teach each session, which will include a slide talk and gallery viewing. Cost for the entire course is $22 ($18 for members of the Clark). Pre-registration is recommended. To register, call 413-458-2303, extension 363.

Throughout the course, Cassin will discuss how visual artists incorporate narrative subject matter into their work. Some stories are easily recognizable, while others are less obvious. Paintings to be explored are:

  • The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis by Joachim Wtewael (October 31);   
  • The Women of Amphissa by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (November 27);   
  • Undertow by Winslow Homer (January 29); and   
  • Blonde Bather by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (February 26).

Individual talks may be attended for $6 ($5 for members).

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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