Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place

3:00 pm Sun, Aug 4, 2013

Venue: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267


Sally Majewski


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Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, presents the free lecture "Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place." The rocks and waves of Prouts Neck, Maine, as seen by Winslow Homer (1836-1910), reorientated popular understanding and enabled the transition from sentimental notions of a nostalgic seashore to the modernist vision of the coast. Homer's time at Prouts Neck has long been recognized as a critical moment in the history of American art. This lecture will further our understanding of Homer's role in the development of the summer community and, as the painter achieved national prominence for his creative endeavors, demonstrate the myriad ways in which Prouts Neck and the coast of Maine became a national landscape in the decades that bracketed the turn of the century.

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