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February 14 Lunchtime Talk Focuses on Recently Acquired Drawings by Claude Lorrain

For Immediate Release

February 07, 2008

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute recently acquired sixteen drawings by the great seventeenth-century French landscape artist Claude Lorrain. This acquisition, which makes the Clark holder of one of the most important collections of Claude drawings outside of Europe, is the subject of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk on Thursday, February 14, at 12:30 pm. Richard Rand, senior curator at the Clark, will lead this free half-hour gallery talk.

The sixteen drawings represent the full breadth of Claude’s draftsmanship, including works made as early as 1630 and as late as 1667. The collection features nature studies of Rome and Tivoli and other identifiable sites, generalized landscape views, and studio drawings with historical subjects that were made as studies for paintings, as well as independent works of art. Claude’s brilliant technique and innovative combination of materials are fully represented as well: there are pen-and-ink drawings combined with wash and white gouache, black and red chalk drawings, and drawings on cream paper and blue paper. Many of the sheets are inscribed by Claude and several are dated.

The series continues on Thursday, March 13, with Cody Hartley, assistant curator of American Art, discussing Winslow Homer’s Sleigh Ride. 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 (open 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 www.clarkart.edu.

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