WILLIAMSTOWN -- Erica Hirshler, the Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, will deliver the free lecture, "North Atlantic Drift: Winslow Homer and French Painting," on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m., at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
Hirshler will discuss Homer's works in the context of 19th-century America's taste for French art and a simultaneous desire for a style of art that could truly be called "American."
Hirshler received her Ph.D from Boston University and has published a variety of work on the relationship between European and American art. Most recently, she published "North Atlantic Drift: A Meditation on Winslow Homer and French Painting" in Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine (2012), a publication that accompanied an exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, and an article entitled "Transatlantic Passages," in A New World Imagined: Art of the Americas (2010).
The Clark is at 225 South St. Information: clarkart.edu or 413-458-2303. The Clark's library is closed for renovation through Sept. 3.