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Clark to Open Exhibitions of American Silver, Toulouse-Lautrec Prints, and British Photograhs with Valentine's Day Party February 12

For Immediate Release

January 26, 2000

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will celebrate three new winter exhibitions with a reception and Valentine's Day Party on Saturday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. The event will preview the exhibitions "A Fresh and Large Assortment": American Silver from the Burrows Collection, Those Women: Toulouse-Lautrec's Elles and French Images of Prostitution, and Truth and Beauty: Peter Henry Emerson's Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads.

Light refreshments will include such "romantic" hors d'oeuvres as oysters on the half shell, chocolate, and champagne. Jazz group the Charlie Tokarz Trio will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening. Festive dress is suggested. Tickets to the event are $30 ($20 for members). Reservations are required by February 4. To reserve, call 413-458-2303, extension 505.

A Fresh and Large Assortment explores the use of silver in the home in Colonial and Federal America as well as the lives and social customs of the people who used and created it. Over one-hundred-fifty silver objects from the important private collection of Elizabeth H. Burrows and her late husband Henry Morris Burrows, ranging from shoe buckles and swords to tankards and teapots, are included.

The exhibition features pieces from the three major centers of American silver production-Boston, New York, and Philadelphia-ranging in date from 1652 to 1899. Paul Revere, Jacob Hurd, Myer Myers, and Joseph and Nathanial Richardson are among the master silversmiths represented. A Fresh and Large Assortment will be on view February 13 through April 30.

Truth and Beauty: Peter Henry Emerson's Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads comprises fifteen platinum prints by British photographer Peter Henry Emerson, who trained as a medical doctor but was drawn to photography by a desire to capture the truth. In his most important book, Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads (1886), Emerson not only documented rural life in East Anglia but succeeded in making some of the most beautiful photographs of rural life and landscape in the nineteenth century. The fifteen platinum prints in this exhibition are from the collections of the Parnassus Foundation and Jane and Raphael Bernstein.

Those Women: Toulouse-Lautrec's Elles and French Images of Prostitution features all twelve color lithographs from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's Elles series. Originally published in 1896, the Elles prints depict scenes from the private life of prostitutes and "kept women." All twelve lithographs from the series will be on view, as will other images of prostitution by French artists from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. Prints by Edgar Degas, drawings by Toulouse-Lautrec and Descamps, and a photograph by Atget, are among the other works drawn from the Clark's extensive collection of prints, drawings, and photographs. Truth and Beauty and Those Women will be on view February 13 through April 23.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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