September - October 2004
Michael Clarke has been director of the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh since 2000. He joined the National Gallery of Scotland in 1984 afteer a career as a scholar and curator at York City Art Gallery, the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, and the British Museum in London. He recently directed and oversaw the new Royal Scottish Academy project, which will be completed in August 2004. His special interest is in the French School and in nineteenth-century art, and he has organized a large number of exhibitions, including Lighting up the Landscape: French Impressionism and its Origins (1986), Cezanne and Poussin (1991), and Monet: The Seine and the Sea 1878-1883 (2003). He has published many books and essays, including Corot and the Art of Landscape (London, 1991) and The Tempting Prospect: A Social History of English Watercolours (London, 1981).