Archive for April 30th, 2009

Thursday Threesome: High Culture in My Backyard

On the Thursday Threesome, I’ll choose a theme and describe three things that have to do with that theme. Wednesday nights after four, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is free, thanks to Citizen’s Bank. I’ve been there a couple times, but I certainly do find some fantastic beauty every time. I think I’ve even been there enough to have favorites:

  1. Van Gogh – Houses at Auvers: Hands down, this is my favorite piece in the entire museum. First, I was just fascinated that they had a Van Gogh! But this one sucks me in every time. I don’t think you can tell that well from the picture, but it is bursting with textures. It was done during the summer he committed suicide, and I can just feel the massive emotion coming from it.
  2. Matisse – Carmelina: The first two times I went to the MFA, she was located in the Hemicycle Gallery, and as we walked through, I was sad to see she wasn’t there. So I was overjoyed as we wandered through the contemporary art and there she was! Again, I like the roughness of this one, and also how it shows not only the model confronting the painter, but the painter himself at work.
  3. Sarah Bernhardt – Fantastic Inkwell (Self-Portrait as a Sphinx): When I saw this one, my first thought was, “Wait, that Sarah Bernhardt?” And the answer is, yes, it is that Sarah Bernhardt, the actress. Apparently a sculptor as well. Aside from being a really neat piece, it was also wicked hard to photograph.

Have an idea for a Thursday Threesome? Leave a comment, and I’ll see what I can do!