Opening Lecture: The Impressionist Line

Opening Lecture: The Impressionist Line


November 5, 2017

3:00 PM-4:00 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

In the opening lecture for the special exhibition The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Jay A. Clarke considers the hallmarks of “the impressionist line” by exploring works from the exhibition, including luminous color lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, aquatints by Mary Cassatt, drawings of the nude by Edgar Degas, mysterious color woodcuts by Paul Gauguin, chalk drawings by Charles-François Daubigny, and a standout lithograph by Paul Cézanne.

The exhibition focuses on artistic visionaries of the late nineteenth century who approached the drawn or printed line as signposts of modernity. Prints and drawings from the last half of the nineteenth century, long overshadowed by oil paintings, have a different story to tell—one of artistic spontaneity and experimentation.

Image: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901), Dance at the Moulin Rouge (detail), 1897. Color lithograph on paper. Clark Art Institute, 1962.119