September 11, 2018

Williamstown, Massachusetts—Frédéric Ogée, the Kress Fellow in the Literature of Art before the Age of Art History at the Clark Art Institute, presents the free lecture, “Truth and Nature in British Art” on Tuesday, September 25 at 5:30 pm. The lecture will be held in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

Ogée surveys British artists’ writings from c. 1700–1920, illuminating the priorities and values shared by those artists, as well as the ways in which they addressed artistic “truth to nature” in relation to contemporary scientific discourse. 

Frédéric Ogée is professor of British literature and art history at Université Paris Diderot. His main period of research is the long eighteenth century, and his publications include two collections of essays on William Hogarth, as well as ‘Better in France’? The Circulation of Ideas across the Channel in the 18th Century (Lewisburg, 2005), Diderot and European Culture (Oxford, 2006), and J.M.W. Turner, Les Paysages absolus (Paris, 2010). In 2006–07, he co-curated the first-ever exhibition on Hogarth for the Louvre. From 2014–17 he was a member of Tate Britain’s Advisory Council. He is currently preparing a book and exhibition on Thomas Lawrence for 2019


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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