THE PLACE TO LEARN PAINTING: SARGENT (AND BOLDINI) IN PARIS

For Immediate Release

March 29, 2010

March 29, 2010
MARC SIMPSON TO DISCUSS THE PLACE TO LEARN PAINTING: SARGENT (AND BOLDINI) IN PARIS DURING APRIL 11 LECTURE AT THE CLARK
For Immediate Release


WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Join Marc Simpson for the April 11 lecture The Place to Learn Painting: Sargent (and Boldini) in Paris at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Admission to the 3 pm lecture is free.


Simpson will discuss the elements that attracted young, Italian-born painters to Paris in the 1870s. John Singer Sargent, an American artist who was born in Florence, was among those who flocked to Paris where his path crossed that of another young painter from Italy, Giovanni Boldini. Paris, of all other cities, was considered “the place to learn painting in,” as Sargent wrote in 1874. The lecture will explore what Sargent learned there and will consider how Sargent and Boldini each put their Parisian skills to use, marking out one potential career path that, in fact, neither of them ended up following.


Marc Simpson is the associate director of the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, offered in collaboration with the Clark. He has been the curator of several Clark exhibitions including Uncanny Spectacle: The Public Career of the Young John Singer Sargent (1997); Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History (2005); and Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Art of Painting Softly (2008).


The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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