What a week for American paintings at The Sterling and Francis Clark Art Institute! Not one—but two!—important American art exhibitions opened on Sunday: Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History and George Inness: Gifts from Frank and Katherine Martucci. In April, I was excited to announce that The Clark had received a historic donation of artwork from New York-based collectors Frank and Katherine Martucci, and the day has finally arrived for the museum to showcase a portion of its recent gift—eight significant George Inness landscapes! These eight important paintings will join two works by the artist already featured in The Clark’s permanent collection, bringing the total number of works in the exhibition to ten, all of which span in date from 1880–1894. Inness established himself as a renowned American landscape painter by the 1880s, and his later approach incorporated a more spiritual attitude that stemmed from his philosophical interest in Swedenborgianism. Visitors will be able to witness Inness’s transformation of technical style through the works on display: these ten American landscape paintings demonstrate a skilled balance of mood and light that achieve a triumphant harmony between the spiritual and physical worlds. A trip to The Clark before September 8, 2013 is an absolute must—treat yourself to a double-dose of American art with a visit to the Winslow Homer exhibition and George Inness: Gifts from Frank and Katherine Martucci!