Constable After Modernism
Saturday, August 4, 2012
The Clark celebrates the publication of its collection catalogue with a lecture by Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and a catalogue contributor. Barringer will consider how the reappearance of Constable's magisterial painting The Wheat Field (1815)—after nearly two centuries out of the public eye—has challenged accepted views of the artist and his work. A book signing with Barringer and Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, will follow the event.
Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art is a lavishly illustrated volume that explores the outstanding collection of paintings and drawings assembled by business leader and arts patron Sir Edwin A. G. Manton (1909–2005) and his wife Florence, Lady Manton. The collection, a gift to the Clark from the Manton Foundation in 2007, features more than 300 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints, including exceptional works by John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, and Thomas Girtin, among other leading British artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.