Portraits, Seafarers and the Classics

The MFA in Boston has some exquisite works currently on view, and they glow despite the major renovation project underway at the museum. The works make up three small exhibitions. In one rotunda is a collection of Modernist works by the big name American Modernists such as Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, Charles Sheeler and Stuart Davis, all of which are vibrant and beautiful. In another rotunda, there are some exceptional examples of European portraiture such as Van Gogh’s portrait of Madame Roulin (the portrait of her husband hangs in a nearby gallery.) The exhibit shows a variety of artists not normally grouped together making for a fun show. The third exhibition worth stopping to see is Winslow Homer: American Scenes displaying etchings and paintings from the MFA”S large Homer collection such as the surprisingly jarring The Lookout – All’s Well and Fog Warning. And, don’t forget to visit Copley’s Watson and the Shark, a MFA classic.