‘LOOKING AND LUNCHING’ AT CLARK ART INSTITUTE EXAMINES BOLDINI PAINTING

April 5, 2017
 
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Looking and Lunching, a program at the Clark Art Institute dedicated to focused investigation and friendly discussion with fellow art lovers, will be held Thursday, April 20 at 12 pm in the permanent collection galleries. In this installment, “Spanish Daydreams,” Terrence Washington, MA candidate in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, examines Italian artist Giovanni Boldini’s imaginative Spanish genre painting, Guitar Player.
 
Tickets are $20 ($12 members) and include admission to the galleries, discussion, and lunch provided by Café 7. To reserve and choose a menu option, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.
 
Boldini painted Guitar Player in 1872, long before he visited Spain. By using props and costumes, he created a flirtatious encounter between a man dressed as a toreador and a woman in a lace mantilla strumming a guitar. Such light-hearted Spanish subjects became popular in France during the 1860s and 1870s. This painting was among the first Boldini sold after he moved from Italy to Paris.
 
ABOUT THE CLARK
 
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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