Discover the Recent Acquisition Two Horses Fighting in a Stormy Landscape During Lunchtime Gallery Talk September 14

For Immediate Release

August 30, 2006

The recent acquisition Two Horses Fighting in a Stormy Landscape by the great French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix is the subject of the next Looking at Lunchtime Talk at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. On Thursday, September 14 at 12:30 pm, Richard Rand, senior curator, will discuss this work and its history during a half hour gallery talk. Two Horses Fighting is part of the installation Delacroix and the Horse on view through September 17. The Looking at Lunchtime talks this fall feature Clark curators highlighting new acquisitions at the Clark. Talks are free with gallery admission.

Two Horses Fighting was painted in the late 1820s, at the time when Delacroix was gaining fame as one of the most brilliant and audacious painters of his generation. The painting’s scale and brushy execution underscore the distinct qualities of Delacroix’s work and offer insight into his working process. Though intimate in scale, this visually powerful work adds a new dimension to the Clark’s distinguished collection of 19th-century French art. Offered to the Clark by the direct descendents of the family who purchased the painting at auction in 1864, this painting was kept in Delacroix’s personal collection until the time of his death. The auction sticker, with the number 81, is still affixed to the upper left of the canvas.

In addition to showcasing Two Horses Fighting, the installation Delacroix and the Horse includes prints, drawings, and sculptures of horses by 19th-century French artists from the Clark’s collection and one work from the collection of the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). Featuring Delacroix most prominently, the installation also includes works by Edgar Degas, Théodore Géricault, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Attendees may purchase food from the courtyard café, bring a bag lunch, or picnic on the grounds of the Clark before or after the gallery talk.

Other new acquisitions featured in upcoming Looking at Lunchtime talks, held the second Thursday of the month September through December, include Group of Sculptures in the Atelier of Raymond Duchamp-Villon by Jacques Villon on October 12, A Pond in the Forest by Constant Troyon on November 9, and The Annunciation by Luca Cambiaso on December 14.

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). The Clark is open on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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