Stone Hill Center / Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

Apollo Award Winner 2014: Explore the art collection of the Clark Institute

UK based arts and culture bible, Apollo Magazine, recently named The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the best Museum Opening (or re-opening) of 2014.

A Street in Venice / John Singer Sargent / Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
A Street in Venice / John Singer Sargent / Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

In July, the museum, usually referred to simply as The Clark, unveiled their brand new space featuring cutting edge design by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, transforming the landscape of their 140-acre country estate.

Young Woman Crocheting, 1875 (oil on canvas) by Giovanni Boldini, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Young Woman Crocheting, 1875 (oil on canvas) by Giovanni Boldini, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

A Family Affair

Established in 1955 just a stone’s throw away from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Sterling and Francine Clark permanently displayed their vast collection of paintings, prints, sculpture and porcelain. Today, The Clark houses one of the most extensive collections of art in the United States.

Child with a Bird (Mademoiselle Fleury in Algerian Costume), 1882 by Pierre Auguste Renoir, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Child with a Bird (Mademoiselle Fleury in Algerian Costume), 1882 by Pierre Auguste Renoir, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

French Impressionist Masterpieces

Having spent a great part of their marriage in Paris, the Clarks accumulated a considerable collection of French impressionist pieces including works from Renoir, Monet, Degas and Pissarro, among others. The Onions by Pierre Auguste Renoir is a highlight of the collection and is believed to have been one of Sterling Clark’s favorites.

The Cliffs at Etretat / Claude Monet / Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
The Cliffs at Etretat / Claude Monet / Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

 

American Classics

The Clarks also had an affinity for 19th century American painting; John Singer Sargent, Frederic Remington and Winslow Homer feature prominently within the collection.

West Point, Prout's Neck / Winslow Homer / Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
West Point, Prout’s Neck / Winslow Homer / Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

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