If you need another reason to visit Boston this fall aside from seafood, art may well be it. Henry James and American Painting is on at the Gardiner Museum from October 10th, 2017 to January 21st, 2018.
It is the first exhibition to examine the connections between the famous novelist’s work and painting. James believed that artists and novelists toiled in the same garden and his work has often been praised for its painterly qualities. In return painting influenced James’ work. He had important friendships with American painters John La Farge, John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler.
The exhibition contains more than 50 paintings, drawings, watercolours, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, letters and books f rom two dozen museums and private collectors.
It would be hard to f ind anyone who doesn’t like Japanese woodblock prints. As they say about that beer, “Those who like it, like it a lot.” If you happen to fall into that category then a trip to Boston almost becomes mandatory because the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is running Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada until December 10th, 2017.
The two men were the top sellers in 19th century Japan and the show consists of a hundred prints, many of which have not been seen in America before. The images on display range from tattooed warriors and supernatural monsters to realistic portraits of kabuki theatre actors, sensual images of beautiful women and luxurious settings for historical scenes.