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Yankee Urchins and Pie-Nurtured Maidens: Winslow Homer's Paintings of 1870s America

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09/20/2014

Marc Simpson served as Associate Director of the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art from 2000 to 2013. From 2004 to 2009 he was also Curator of American Art at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. From 1985 to 1994 he was the Ednah Root Curator of American Paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

His work on Winslow Homer includes being principal author of Winslow Homer: The Clark Collection (2013) and curator of the Clark's two showins of Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History (2005 and 2013), as well as of Winslow Homer: Paintings of the Civil War (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1988).

Other work on Homer includes the essays "'You Must Wait, and Wait Patiently': Winslow Homer's Prouts Neck Marines," in Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine (Portland Museum of Art, 2012); "Sterling and Stephen Clark as Collectors of Winslow Homer" in The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings (The Clark, 2006), and "Homer's Wine-Dark Seas," in Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea (Musée d'Art américain, Giverny, 2006).

Apart from Homer, he has also studied the work of such American painters as Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and James McNeill Whistler. A graduate of Middlebury College, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1993.