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From Eakins to Hopper, Discover Stephen Clark's Passion During August 6 Lecture at the Clark

For Immediate Release

July 19, 2006

Unparalleled masterpieces, passionate art collecting, sibling rivalry, and museum patronage headline the current exhibition The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The lecture series, bringing alive the characters of brothers Sterling Clark and Stephen Clark, and their accomplishments as collectors, continues on August 6 at 2 pm with Brian T. Allen, the Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover MA, discussing “Stephen Clark Collects Eakins to Hopper.”

Stephen Clark was a very active collector of American art, seeking through his purchases to enhance the reputation of older artists such at Thomas Eakins, and to support directly the careers of contemporary artists including Edward Hopper. He often acquired these works in considerable numbers – he owned 14 paintings and watercolors by Winslow Homer, for example – but he also collected single masterpieces by Thomas Anshutz, George Inness, and Frederic Remington. This talk will survey the depth of Clark's collection in this area.

Sterling and Stephen assembled impressive collections of both European and American art, and although they often purchased works by the same artists, the character of their collections differed significantly. Each lecture will focus on one aspect of either Sterling or Stephen Clark’s collections. Together, the lectures provide deeper insight into the similarities and differences between the collecting interests and intentions of the brothers. Individually, the lectures showcase the masterworks purchased by these two connoisseurs.

The remaining lecture in the series is “Sterling Clark Collects Sargent to Homer” by Marc Simpson, the Clark’s curator of American Art, on August 20 at 2 pm.

Featuring over 70 paintings, The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings is the first exhibition to unite the masterpieces collected by Sterling Clark – works by Renoir, Monet, Homer and Sargent, and more – with those collected by his brother Stephen Clark, including paintings by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso. The exhibition examines the brothers’ collecting and how they helped to define the changing taste for Impressionist and Early Modern art in the first half of the 20th century. It explores their relationship, their rivalry, and the influential but ultimately divergent roles they came to play in the arts in the United States.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays from September to June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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