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“‘An Agreeable Kind of Horror’: Mountains, Caves, and the Painterly Sublime” Explored at the Clark November 12

For Immediate Release

November 07, 2006

“‘An Agreeable Kind of Horror’: Mountains, Caves, and the Painterly Sublime,” a free lecture, will be held on Sunday, November 12 at 2 pm in connection with the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s exhibition Alpine Views: Alexandre Calame and the Swiss Landscape. Mark Ledbury, associate director of the Research and Academic Program, will explore the sublime in art, as well as in literature, music and philosophy. The lecture is free and part of the “Mighty Mountains and Verdant Valleys” series.

Why paint mountaintops, caves and the stormy depths of lakes and seas? What is the relationship between beauty and fear? Ledbury will explore the painting of the "sublime" of mountains, caves depths and heights. He will examine the work of J. M. W. Turner, Joseph Wright of Derby, Caspar David Friedrich, and other artists at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century.

Held at 2 pm, the remaining lecture in the “Mighty Mountains and Verdant Valleys” series is “Purple Mountain Majesties and Manifest Destinies: Bierstadt and the American West” with assistant curator of education Danielle Steinmann on December 10.

Rugged and stunning landscapes of the Swiss Alps, never before the subject of an exhibition in the United States, will be on view during Alpine Views. The exhibition brings together 26 sensuous paintings and sketches by Calame, and places them in the context of the 19th-century landscape tradition. His works are shown alongside 27 of those of his contemporaries offering a rare opportunity to explore the development of the often-overlooked yet significant Swiss school of landscape painting. Alpine Views is on view through December 31.

All works included in Alpine Views are from the collection of Asbjorn R. Lunde. The exhibition is sponsored by Toblerone.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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