The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings

The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings

by Michael Conforti, James A. Ganz, Neil Harris, Gilbert T. Vincent
     
 

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Brothers Sterling and Stephen Clark—heirs to the Singer sewing machine fortune—were among the twentieth century’s most influential art collectors. This volume examines their magnificent collections, their personal lives and public profiles, and their significant roles in the history of American museums.
While the brothers shared a love for great

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Brothers Sterling and Stephen Clark—heirs to the Singer sewing machine fortune—were among the twentieth century’s most influential art collectors. This volume examines their magnificent collections, their personal lives and public profiles, and their significant roles in the history of American museums.
While the brothers shared a love for great art, they collected in different ways. Sterling was a private collector; his French Impressionist masterpieces, including thirty-eight Renoirs, and works by such American artists as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt now form the distinguished collection of the Clark. Stephen, a businessman and museum trustee, acquired modern works by such masters as Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh, often with specific museum collections in mind—including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Handsomely produced, this book features over two hundred illustrations of the works from Sterling’s and Stephen’s collections. It also includes essays by distinguished scholars, an illustrated chronology, and a previously unpublished checklist of works purchased by Stephen Clark.

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Library Journal
This volume, published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was compiled by an art institute director (Conforti), a former director of a historical society (Gilbert T. Vincent), two curators (James A. Ganz and Sarah Lees), and an independent historian (Neil Harris). It brings together the works of such great masters as Paul C zanne, John Singer Sargent, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Winslow Homer and is the result of the art-collecting activities of brothers Sterling and Stephen Clark. The breadth of the collection is astounding, as is the comprehensive treatment of the lives of these two heirs to the Singer sewing machine fortune. The book goes beyond the brothers' immense contributions to art collecting in the 20th century. Their philanthropic efforts are detailed and the times in which they operated are remarkably and vividly reconstructed. The halftone and color reproductions are beautiful, and the photographs of members of the Clark family and their acquaintances enhance the volume's value. With an illustrated chronology and a previously unpublished checklist of works purchased by Stephen Clark. Recommended for art and academic library collections. Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, Kingsborough Community Coll. Lib., CUNY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300116199
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/24/2006
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Conforti is director and James A. Ganz is curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; Neil Harris is an independent historian; and Gilbert T. Vincent is former director of the New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown.

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