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Clayton Conversations: The Architecture of Color in the late Nineteenth Century

September 25, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Step into the late 19th century in the restored circa 1882 Clayton House and connect with the French-born art movement the Clayton family and other Americans were experiencing. The year William H. H. Clayton answered President Ulysses Grant’s call to become chief prosecutor of the federal court in Fort Smith – 1874 – is the same year French Impressionists made their debut in a private exhibition in Paris. (They called themselves the “Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers, etc.”) By 1897, when Clayton left Fort Smith to become U.S. Judge in Indian Territory, the Impressionists had shown together eight times; American artists such as Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent had taken their palettes to Paris to seek inspiration; and works by Impressionist painters had come to America to be shown in many large-scale exhibitions. The 1888 Impressionist Exhibition in New York featured some 300 works by the masters, including Manet, Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Pissarro, Renoir, Caillebotte, Sisley, Pissaro, Morisot, Degas and Seurat. Fort Smith Regional Art Museum Executive Director Lee Ortega will present on her favorite period of art, the late 19th century Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and the birth of Expressionism. “Beginning with Monet’s 1874 ‘Impression, Sunrise,’ we’ll look at the artist’s initial reaction to Realism and the evolution of change through Van Gogh’s sharply subjective perspective as depicted in the 1889 ‘The Starry Night,’” Ortega says. Make reservations for this unique presentation by calling the Clayton House at 783-3000 or online at claytonhouse.org. Free to members of the Fort Smith Heritage Foundation, which operates the museum; a $10 donation is requested of non-members.

Admission: $10; free to members of the Fort Smith Heritage Foundation

Event Location and Contact Information:
The Clayton House
514 North 6th Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas


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