French Impressionist Masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
|"Dance at Bougival" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir|
Have you ever had a chance encounter with a dear friend in a strange city? Well, I experienced that feeling of, "Isn't it wonderful to bump into you here!", while visiting the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. Let me back up a little bit and explain that my parents had one of those coffee table books with pictures of famous artwork sitting on the couch in the living room that we rarely used. On hot summer days, I would tiptoe into the cool, moss green room and flip through the pages, letting the scenes in the paintings transport me to other lands. Something about Renoir's painting, Dance at Bougival, appealed to my childish sense of carefree abandon, when spending an evening being twirled around by a man seemed like something out of a fairy tale.
|"Camille Monet and a Child" by Claude Monet|
In addition to paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Gustave Caillebotte, the MFA has one of the largest collections of work by Claude Monet outside of Paris. And the added bonus is that there aren't long lines and lots of people. In addition to their collection of French Impressionist masterpieces, the MFA recently opened an impressive Art of The Americas wing. As thrilled as I was to see Renoir's dancers, my encounter with the massive painting, Watson and the Shark, reminded me of the nightmares that it used to provoke when I was a child. It's the one where a boy with long flowing blond hair has just had his leg bitten off by a shark. Gruesome! - but a notable painting by the American artist, John Singleton Copley.
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|"Field of Poppies near Giverney" by Claude Monet|