David Tatham to Lecture on Winslow Homer
and the Adirondacks at the Clark
For Immediate Release
July 11, 2013
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS—Art historian David Tatham, professor emeritus at Syracuse University, presents the free lecture “The Call of the Once-Wild: Winslow Homer and the Adirondacks 1870–1910” at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, July 21 at 3 pm. The lecture is the first in a series of talks focusing on the geographical locations found in Homer’s work.
Homer’s artistic relationship with the Adirondack Mountains stretched over four decades—most of the artist’s career. Some of his best-known works are either set in or inspired by the Adirondacks: paintings like Two Guides, Playing a Fish, and An October Day. Examining the full range of Homer’s paintings set in the Adirondacks also permits a unique analysis of evolutions in the painter’s technique as well as his relationship to the mountains. An avid sportsman, Homer was one of the earliest painters to depict the impact of the relatively new concept of rural tourism on America’s wilderness. As such, his paintings are not just art, but also historical records.
Tatham, who received his Ph.D. in 1970 from Syracuse University, has published widely on Homer and his relationship with the Adirondacks, including Winslow Homer in the Adirondacks and Fishing in the North Woods: Winslow Homer.
About the Clark
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