“Friends, Romans, Countryside” Winter Gala at the Clark February 3

For Immediate Release

January 19, 2007

Step back in time to Claude Lorrain’s Rome to feast, dance, and celebrate during “Friends, Romans, Countryside,” a gala evening at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, February 3, from 6 to 8 pm. This festive event with a Roman flair marks the opening of Claude Lorrain—The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum. Tickets are $45 per person ($35 per member). Call 413-458-0524 or email reservations@clarkart.edu by January 25 to reserve tickets.

Enter the Clark and experience Rome, the 17th century convergence point of Europe’s most inventive artists, where Claude spent his working career. View his extraordinarily beautiful and moving drawings exploring the naturalistic, classic landscape. Dance to the sounds of the Richard Cherry Trio, and enjoy complimentary Italian-inspired hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and wines. A cash cocktail and espresso bar will also be available. Festive attire is encouraged.

Organized by Richard Rand, senior curator at the Clark, Claude Lorrain is the first exhibition in the United States to focus specifically on the Claude’s drawings and working methods and place the objects within the historical, cultural, and artistic contexts of 17th-century Rome, his adopted home. Known for inventing the “modern” landscape, Claude changed how people viewed the natural world, influencing landscape artists for generations to follow. Claude Lorrain features 90 drawings and etchings from the incomparable collection of the British Museum. The works on paper are joined by 13 oil paintings from international public museum collections. From preparatory sketches to final oil paintings, the exhibition comprehensively reveals Claude’s vision of nature as it explores his working process. The exhibition is on view February 4 through April 29.

Claude Lorrain—The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in association with the British Museum. It is supported in part by the Parnassus Foundation, courtesy of Jane and Raphael Bernstein, by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. 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 $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.


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