John House To Speak About Impression July 29

For Immediate Release

July 24, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (July 24, 2001) - John House, professor of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, will give the lecture "Painting Quickly: Some Impressions" at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, July 29, at 3:00 p.m. He will discuss the themes of the Clark's current exhibition Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890 in light of recent debates over the meaning and making of Impressionist paintings. A leading expert on French and British art of the nineteenth century, House is author of Landscapes of France: Impressionism and Its Rivals and Monet: Nature into Art. Admission to the talk is free.

The Clark is the only North American site for Impression: Painting Quickly in France 1860-1890, which gathers 77 paintings by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent van Gogh. The show challenges many basic assumptions about Impressionist art, and examines works that might truly be called "Impressions"-paintings that appear to be rapid transcriptions of shifting subjects but were nonetheless considered finished by their makers. Impression is on view at the Clark through September 9. Tickets are available at the Clark, online at, or by calling 1-866-THE-CLARK (1-866-843-2527). For more information call 413-458-2303.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until 7:00 p.m.

Press Contact: Sherrill Ingalls, (413) 458-2303, ext. 508 (telephone).

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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