Cassatt, Sargent, and Chase the Focus of January 4 “American Beauties” Winter Course Lecture at the Clark

For Immediate Release

December 15, 2005

To coincide with the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s current exhibitions Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History and Hail to the Chiefs, this year's winter course, “American Beauties,” will explore the themes of American painting and decorative art during the 18th- and 19th-centuries.  Danielle Steinmann, assistant curator of education, will lead the Wednesday, January 4 lecture on “Americans Abroad: Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase.” This series of auditorium lectures, held on the first Wednesday of the month November through February at 1 pm, is open to the public.  Cost per lecture is $6 ($4 for members). No reservations are needed, however, those wishing to pre-register may call 413-458-0563.

In the 19th-century, studying in Europe was considered essential training for American artists.  Living, working and playing in the great cultural capitals, from Paris to Munich to Venice, had a profound impact on the work of some of America’s most beloved painters including Cassatt, Sargent, and Chase. Travel abroad as Steinmann reveals the influences of these artists’ European escapades and the lasting effect on 19th-century American art that resulted.

Michael Cassin, the Clark’s curator of education, will close the “American Beauties” series with “East is East and West is West: Paintings by Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington” on February 1. 

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




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