The Clark Brothers Collect

Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings

Michael Conforti, James A. Ganz, Neil Harris, Sarah Lees, and Gilbert T. Vincent; With additional contributions by Daniel Cohen-McFall, Mari Yoko Hara, Susannah Maurer, Kathleen M. Morris, Kathryn Price, Richard Rand, and Marc Simpson

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Brothers Sterling and Stephen Clark—heirs to the Singer sewing machine fortune—were among the twentieth century’s most influential art collectors. This volume examines their magnificent collections, their personal lives and public profiles, and their significant roles in the history of American museums.
While the brothers shared a love for great art, they collected in different ways. Sterling was a private collector; his French Impressionist masterpieces, including thirty-eight Renoirs, and works by such American artists as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt now form the distinguished collection of the Clark. Stephen, a businessman and museum trustee, acquired modern works by such masters as Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh, often with specific museum collections in mind—including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Handsomely produced, this book features over two hundred illustrations of the works from Sterling’s and Stephen’s collections. It also includes essays by distinguished scholars, an illustrated chronology, and a previously unpublished checklist of works purchased by Stephen Clark.

Michael Conforti is director and James A. Ganz is curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; Neil Harris is an independent historian; and Gilbert T. Vincent is former director of the New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (May 22 – August 19, 2007)

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts (June 4 September 4, 2006)

The Clark Brothers Collect, with its exceptionally weighty catalog, illuminates the personality and passion of collectors, and provokes reflection on the indispensable nexus of art and money.”—John Updike, New York Review of Books


“The breadth of the collection is astounding, as is the comprehensive treatment of the lives of these two heirs to the Singer sewing machine fortune. The book goes beyond the brothers’ immense contributions to art collecting in the 20th century. Their philanthropic efforts are detailed and the times in which they operated are remarkably and vividly reconstructed. The halftone and color reproductions are beautiful, and the photographs of members of the Clark family and their acquaintances enhance the volume’s value. With an illustrated chronology and a previously unpublished checklist of works purchased by Stephen Clark. Recommended for art and academic library collections.”—Library Journal

"A fascinating portrait of two brothers whose relationship might not have been exemplary but whose practices offer plenty of lessons for contemporary collectors."—Martha Schwendener, New York Times
ISBN: 9780300116199
Publication Date: July 24, 2006
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
384 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
130 halftone + 213 color illus.
The Genius of Renoir

Paintings from the Clark

John House; With an essay by James A. Ganz

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The Unknown Monet

Pastels and Drawings

James A. Ganz and Richard Kendall

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Designing Tomorrow

America's World's Fairs of the 1930s

Edited by Robert W.

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