A Free Introduction to Sargent's Madame Escudier at the Clark March 9

For Immediate Release

February 22, 2006

The next Looking at Lunchtime Gallery Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will be held Thursday, March 9 at 12:30 pm.  Danielle Steinmann, the Clark’s assistant curator of education, will discuss the painting Madame Escudier by John Singer Sargent during a half hour gallery talk.  The talk and gallery admission are free.

Madame Escudier was a Parisian society hostess, and she is depicted in this painting with an enigmatic smile, sparkly eyes, bright red hair, and a hat with an enormous white bow.  It's an early portrait by Sargent, completed while he was living in Paris.

The Looking at Lunchtime series is held the second Thursday of every month featuring a curator or special guest highlighting a work of art or collection at the Clark. Attendees are welcomed to purchase food from the courtyard cafe or bring a bag lunch to enjoy before or after the gallery talk.

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 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID.  For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.



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