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French Wine Tasting and Gallery Talk November 14

For Immediate Release

October 27, 2003

Journey through the French countryside in a gallery talk and wine tasting program at the Clark Art Institute on Friday, November 14, at 5:30 p.m. "A Sommelier's Journey through Baldus's France" is offered in connection with the exhibition Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography. The evening will begin with a gallery talk exploring the exhibition, which features photographs taken in 1856 on the grounds of the Château de La Faloise a country estate near Amiens, France. Following the talk, experts from Nejaime's Wine Cellars will lead guests through a selection of wines from French vineyards. Tickets are $40 ($30 for members). Seating is limited. To reserve, call 413-458-2303, extension 324 or email rsvp@clarkart.edu by November 3.

The program is appropriate for both the beginner and the serious wine connoisseur.

Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography explores Baldus's Château de La Faloise series, featuring the family and friends of château owner Frédéric Bourgeois de Mercey. The nine photographs, most of which exist in only one print, are reunited for the first time in the exhibition, which unveils the mystery behind these photographs and explores them in the context of the golden age of French photography in the 1850s.  The exhibition comprises approximately 50 19th-century photographs by Baldus and his contemporaries, including Gustave Le Gray, Charles Nègre, Charles Marville, and Camille Silvy. Édouard Baldus will be on view at the Clark through December 28.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission is free beginning November 1. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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