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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Winslow Homer Exhibit at The Clark

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, MA
 
We took the 17 mile drive to Williamstown yesterday for a respite from "the rains of 2013" and to take in the Winslow Homer - Making Art, Making History Exhibit at The Clark.  It was in the building pictured above.  The older, white facade building is under repair, and a spectacular new addition is scheduled to open next year.  Not a reason to wait, however, as this exhibit -- if you're a fan of Homer, as I am -- is well worth it.  I've been to The Clark three or four times, but not since moving to Grafton.  With the major refurbishments done on the house, there's now a lot more time for "the good stuff" -- like a trip to The Clark.

We took the audio tour.  I believe it really adds to the experience.


"Robert Sterling Clark declared Winslow Homer (1836–1910) to be among the greatest artists of the nineteenth century. Acting on this belief, Clark bought more than two hundred of Homer’s works and eventually owned more works by Homer than by any other artist. The breadth and ambition of Clark’s collection, more important than the large number of works it contains, make it the finest gathering of Homer’s art assembled by any individual since the artist’s death." - The Clark


Eastern Point
1900
Eastern Point is my favorite.  Purchased in 1923.  Sold in 1929 (stock market crash might have had something to do with that).  Wisely, reacquired in 1954.
 
Undertow
1886
Inspired by a rescue Homer witnessed.  It's an amazing painting.
 
Lobby at The Clark
I love this place!
 
A Street in Venice
c. 1880-1882
John Singer Sargent
Okay, MASS MoCA is interesting.  But I prefer the Homers, Van Goghs, Remmingtons and Sargents found at The Clark.  I can't wait to return.

Click here for a video on ClarkNEXT -- what's coming next year.  It is going to be truly spectacular.

The Clark
Williamstown, Massachusetts
 

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