I took so many photos when we went to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston because there were so many incredible things to see and I wanted to try and capture the memories to be able to look back on it all.
Of course that means that I am still sharing pictures with you from the visit!
Hopefully you are enjoying seeing them as much as I did when we visited and am enjoying looking back at them now.
Unfortunately I cannot tell you anything about most of these paintings as I didn't take a photo of the information sheet, but you might enjoy looking at them!
I like many styles of architecture and this painting appealed to me because of the unusual building. I like this illustrative style of painting.
I am sure that I photographed this one because of the name of the painting! It is a beautiful picture though isn't it.
It seems that I am a fickle art lover, I like both the painting below and the very traditional painting above that I believe is in the American Folk Art style.
The picture below is called Fishing for Oysters at Cancale I think (I did get a picture of the label, but it is very fuzzy) by John Singer Sargent.
This sign says the following and is a great explanation:-
Welcome to the nineteenth century, if you had visited the MFA around 1890 you would have found yourself in galleries that looked much like this. Such densely packed displays imitated European exhibitions like the Salon in Parish and London's Royal Academy - considered the epitome of worldliness and sophistication. A typical Salon exhibition which might include thousands of paintings placed the larges and most prestigious works "on the line" at eye level. Paintings by lesser known artists were often "skyed" towards the ceiling - though part of the game at the Salon was deciding whether your judgement was better than the judges. In such a competitive visual environment artists often relied on frames selecting them carefully to increase the size and visual weight of their works. Displays like this went out of fashion in the twentieth century in favour of installations that made it easier to focus on a single work. Was that a change for the better or the worse?
One disadvantage of the "Salon style" displays is that there isn't much space for explanatory labels. Nineteenth century institutions sometimes printed booklets listing titles and artists but times change.
Here are some of the works hung in this Salon Style.
I think this painting (below) is incredible, the sky is amazing and so is the light.
This painting gives you some idea of how the exhibitions were staged.
Then moving on to some beautiful impressionist paintings.
A very beautiful Degas statue of a Ballet Dancer.
Finishing with another beautiful painting in a very traditional style.
That is the last of the paintings that I have from the MFA, but there are still other treasures to share!
Today I am sharing these paintings with Barbara at Coastal Ripples for Paint Monthly if you would like to see some more art go and visit.