The Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, MA is considered one of the country’s foremost art museums. The stunning collection includes paintings, sculpture, decorative art, and works on paper from around the world and ranging from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.
Though nearly an hour’s drive from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, the Clark Art Institute remains a worthy destination for fans of fine art. Few museums in the country can rival The Clark’s collection, which includes more than 6,000 works from some of the most important and celebrated artists in history. Dürer, Rodin, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Homer, Pissarro, Cassatt, Millet, Inness, and Singer Sargent, to name but a few.
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The Mohawk Trail became the first scenic road in New England in 1914, and it has been sharing great views, history, and culture with motorists and bicyclists ever since.
Long before it became a road, The Mohawk Trail was a well-worn foot path used by Native Americans and then colonists. Metacomet, called King Philip, traveled “The Trail” some time around 1676. Benedict Arnold followed in his footsteps nearly 100 years later. It is thrilling for American history buffs to travel The Trail today.
The current Mohawk Trail spans more than 60 miles and travels through 50,000 acres of state parks and forests. It stretches from the Massachusetts-New York border to Millers Falls on the Connecticut River; in between, there are over 100 attractions worth exploring.
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There is still time to catch Picasso Looks at Degas at The Clark, in nearby Williamstown, MA; it runs through September 12, 2010. Guests of our Berkshires bed and breakfast will find this to be a fascinating exhibit and a delightful addition to their stay.
Edgar Degas was born in Paris in 1834 and died there in 1917. Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881 and died in France in 1973. Though the two men are thought to have never met, Picasso was inspired by the work of Degas and paid tribute to the older artist in quite a few pieces of art. Never hesitant to respond to the work of another artist, Picasso brought his own unique vision to some of Degas’ most familiar subjects: ballet dancers, women bathing, and cafés.
The Clark and Musée Picasso, Barcelona worked together to organize this exhibit – the first devoted to Picasso’s relationship with the art of Edgar Degas. “Picasso Looks at Degas is the first exploration of Picasso’s lifelong fascination with Degas’s art and personality, and sheds light on the emergence of twentieth-century modernism by providing new insights into the multifaceted creativity of these two great artists” (museum website).
Early September is a wonderful time to travel to our bed and breakfast Berkshires. Summer crowds are gone and leaf peepers haven’t yet arrived. Here and there a colorful tree gives a hint of the transformation the woods will soon undergo. Days tend to be warm, evenings cool, and the air feels a bit more crisp than it has during the past few months. It feels good to sit by a crackling fire in the evening, sipping a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or spirits. Let us give you the opportunity to do just that. Let us pamper you.