Share Your Lunchtime with Tissot’s Chrysanthemums at the Clark April 12

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2007

The painting Chrysanthemums by James Jacques Joseph Tissot is the subject of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. On Thursday, April 12 at 12:30 pm, Michael Cassin, curator of education, will discuss this work and its history during a half hour gallery talk. This talk is free.

During the 19th century, the painter Tissot was famous for recording the social life of the middle and upper classes in France and Britain. Grand balls, musical evenings and flirtatious encounters were subjects he painted with enthusiasm. The famous painting of Chrysanthemums, however, is a rather more intimate image of a young woman surrounded by a spectacular arrangement of assorted blooming flowers.

Looking at Lunchtime gallery talks continue with Cassin examining Mater Dolorosa by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux on May 10. The talks take place at 12:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 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 under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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