In the late nineteenth century, artistic visionaries approached the drawn and printed line as signposts of modernity. Long overshadowed by oil paintings, prints and drawings created from the 1860s to the 1890s have a different story to tell, one of artistic spontaneity and experimentation. This talk, presented by one of the co-curators of the special exhibition, will consider the hallmarks of the "Impressionist line" by looking at works from the show, including watercolors by Honoré Daumier and Berthe Morisot, drawings by Claude Monet, mysterious color woodcuts by Paul Gauguin, improvisatory etchings by Édouard Manet, pastels by Jean-François Millet and Camille Pissarro, and luminous color lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Jay A. Clarke
Jay A. Clarke is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and a lecturer in the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1999 and served as a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1997 through 2009. Her publications include Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth (2009); essays on the critical reception of Käthe Kollwitz and Max Beckmann and on Julius Meier-Graefe as an art dealer; and several articles on Edvard Munch. She was the editor of Negotiating History: German Art and the Past (2002); Tradition, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art (2012); and coeditor of The Spiritual Landscapes of Adrienne Farb, 1980-2006 (2006).