WILLIAMSTOWN --The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a free screening of the 2007 documentary "Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude" on Monday, July 8 at 3 p.m. in the Clark’s auditorium. Directed by Stephen J. Ross, the film is the most thorough cinematic treatment of Winslow Homer’s life and impact on American art. The film is being shown as part of the Clark’s "Homericana" film series, which presents movies set in nineteenth-century America to complement the exhibition "Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History."
The film highlights the artist’s life and career, from his beginnings as a magazine illustrator in New York City to his final days in coastal Maine.
It took Ross seven years to complete the documentary, which represents an almost encyclopedic survey of Homer’s work, from his early engravings to his later paintings. New imaging technology allowed Ross to capture the depth and intensity of more than 180 works of art featured in the film, resulting in very high quality images. Ross also interviewed a variety of art historians and curators for the project, including Marc Simpson, the curator of the Clark’s current Homer exhibit.
"Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude" will also be shown on July 22, Aug. 5 and 19. All showings are at 3 p.m.