Antiquities to Impressionism: The William A. Clark Collection

Antiquities to Impressionism: The William A. Clark Collection

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Laura Coyle and Dare Myers Hartwell

This book was published to coincide with an exhibition on view from November 2001 to March 2003 that celebrated the 75th anniversary of William A. Clark's bequest of more than 800 objects from his private collection to the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Spanning many centuries of creativity, from ancient Greece to French impressionism, much of this collection has never before been published. Having earned his fortune in the copper industry, William Clark amassed his huge art collection in retirement. Paintings and sculpture by Van Goyen, Gainsborough, Chardin, Corot, Delacroix, Rodin, and Degas are featured alongside rare Greek terracottas, antique lace, Indo-European rugs, Italian Renaissance maiolica, and the Salon Doré, a gilded French 18th-century room that was installed at the Corcoran. Dare Myers Hartwell looks at Clark's life in relation to other philanthropists of his time, while Laura Coyle documents the reception of Clark's grand gift in the 1920s.

  • Softcover
  • 8.75 x 11.75 inches
  • 128 pages, 90 illustrations 
  • Published: 2006

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