WILLIAMSTOWN -- On Sunday, July 28 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D, will deliver a free talk entitled "George Inness: Sacred and Profane Spaces." The lecture begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the general public. It is the second in a series of lectures that explore the relationship between artists and the locations they paint, inspired by the Clark’s current exhibitions "Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History" and "George Inness: Gifts from Frank and Katherine Martucci."
Bell’s talk focuses on the eight Inness oil paintings recently acquired by the Clark that form the backbone of the Inness exhibition. She provides an introduction to the artist’s life, as well as a discussion of his works and his religious philosophies. In particular, Bell analyzes the way in which the artist, influenced by the religious philosophy of Emmanuel Swedenborg, created a new breed of landscape paintings that drew on both sacred and profane elements found in nature.
Bell is an associate professor of art history at Marymount Manhattan College. She is the author of several studies on late nineteenth-century American landscape painting, including "George Inness and the Visionary Landscape" (2003), which she wrote to accompany an exhibition she curated for the National Academy Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South St. For more information: clarkart.edu, 413-458-2303.