Sunday, January 18, 2015
Some Impressionist Art at MFA

I've returned to my MFA photo folders and rescuing some forgotten captures of their Impressionist art. My camera's memory card became full before I had a chance to photograph all that I would have liked.

But I did capture a couple by Sisley:

Grapes and Walnuts on a Table, 1876
Alfred Sisley (British (active in France), 1839–1899
Oil on canvas, 38.1 x 55.2 cm (15 x 21 3/4 in.)
Lower left: Sisley
Bequest of John T. Spaulding 1948, Boston Museum of Fine Arts #48.601

"It was likely at Monet's suggestion that Sisley undertook this still life--one of just nine he ever painted. With its inventory of fruit, plate, walnuts, knife, and nutcracker, the modest composition exhibits all the hallmarks of an Impressionist picture, painted from life and in natural light. Ranged across the snowy expanses of the tablecloth--its topography of creases rendered with brisk strokes of blue and white--these objects almost take on the character of a landscape, Sisley's more accustomed genre." (From info card)

The Loing at Saint-Mammès, 1882
Alfred Sisley (British (active in France), 1839–1899
Oil on canvas, 38.1 x 55.2 cm (15 x 21 3/4 in.)
Lower right: Sisley
Bequest of William A. Coolidge 1993, Boston Museum of Fine Arts #1993.44

"At a moment when Monet sought out the charismatic coasts of Normandy and the French Riviera, Sisley continued to focus on his immediate surroundings, painting landscapes along the Seine in a hight Impressionist style. Here wispy strokes of white suggest fast-moving clouds, while shorter, wetter ones describe the river's ruffled surface. Humans are often all but absent from Monet's pictures of the 1880s, but Sisley's landscapes of the period remain emphatically inhabited, filled with the bridges, boats, and modest houses of his suburban environment."(From info card)

And I did snap a generous group of Degas' paintings. Despite only having two previous photos of Edgar Degas' art, I created a gallery of them all:

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