EXPLORE BOUGUEREAU’S NYMPHS AND SATYR DURING LUNCHTIME TALK ON JUNE 10 AT THE CLARK

For Immediate Release

May 21, 2010

EXPLORE BOUGUEREAU’S NYMPHS AND SATYR DURING LUNCHTIME TALK ON JUNE 10 AT THE CLARK
For Immediate Release

Digital image available upon request

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Join Michael Cassin, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts, during the Thursday, June 10, Looking at Lunchtime Talk as he discusses William Bouguereau’s (1825-1905) famous painting Nymphs and Satyr (1873). The painting was acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark in 1943, but before that time it had a very interesting, and somewhat unusual, history. Admission to the 12:30 pm gallery talk is free with general museum admission. Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the presentation.
 

In Bouguereau’s painting, a group of nymphs has been surprised, while bathing in a secluded pond, by a lascivious satyr. Some of the nymphs have retreated into the shadows on the right; others, braver than their friends, are trying to dampen the satyr’s ardor by pulling him into the cold water-–one of the satyr’s hooves is already wet and he clearly wants to go no further. Bouguereau’s working methods were traditional; he made a number of sketches and drawings of carefully posed human figures in complicated interconnected poses, linking them together in this wonderfully rhythmical composition.


The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is always 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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