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06 2011

The Other Sower, a Host of Others

I didn’t have much time for sightseeing in Boston, but I went to Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which was the highlight of the town for me.

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After the extension work, the museum becomes extensive than ever before. So, even though I’d decided I wanted to look at, I wondered where to start.

What I was looking for were the other The Sower (Millet, 1850), La Japonaise (Monet, 1875) and Japanese arts crossing the sea including Ukiyo-e prints by Hokusai.

I saw The Sower in Yamanashi last February (see the post “Barbizon, Yamanashi 2011.2.11”). Millet made two Sowers and sent one of them to an exhibition. Now, one is in Yamanashi, Japan, and the other is in Boston. Unlike the one in the small local museum under the theme of Millet and Barbizon school, the other was almost lost among huge quantities of art works. I couldn’t feel like appreciating it at ease because of people bustled everywhere in the room. If I were the sower, I preferred Yamanashi as one’s last place.
今年の2月、山梨で種まく人を見ました(2月11日の記事、“Barbizon, Yamanashi”をよろしければご参照下さい)。ミレーはこの時期、2枚の種まく人を描いていて、そのうちの一枚をサロンに出品したそうです。現在、一枚は山梨県立美術館にあり、もう一枚がこのボストン美術館にあります。ミレーとバルビゾン派をテーマにした山梨の小さな地方美術館にある同作品と違って、この種まく人は膨大な作品の中にひっそり埋もれていました。正直に言うと、部屋を慌しく歩き回る人々のため、ゆっくり鑑賞できず・・・。もし私が種まく人なら、終の棲家は山梨の方が良いな、なんて思いました。

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The Sower in Boston was one of others among paintings of Barbizon school.

I couldn’t find La Japonaise where it should be, so I went to a visitor center and asked where it was. I looked at it when I visited the museum last time. I didn’t know about it, but I was deeply impressed with that Japonism painting. I’m a complete amateur: I’ve never studied arts or worked in a job that has a lot to do with “Art”. For me, it’s a pleasure to feel a passion and motive of the painter for creation from works. La Japaneis was one of those works that convey the painter’s feelings and thoughts.

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It should be around here somewhere….

Unfortunately, it wasn’t shown at that time because the museum is constructing new exhibit spaces and it’ll be shown there. I was disappointed, but I tried to change the mood: the painting might want me to come back. Well, I think the idea that expanding exhibit spaces any more isn’t a good idea. It's already too larger to walk around and reach a room one wants to go to.

Anyway, I looked at must-see paintings.

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All in all, the selection of paintings reveals myself as Japanese.

After the Europe sections, I went on the whirlwind visits to Asia ones. As you might expect, the museum that Tenshin Okakura (岡倉天心) once belonged to has beautiful collections of tea-things (I couldn’t take a photo due to poor illumination of that room), noh costumes and masks, and Buddhist arts. I was happy because I didn’t have time to look at them last time.

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However, I couldn’t find Ukiyo-e prints except ones in the photo above. By that time, I was too exhausted to revisit the visitor center, so I simply gave up finding them. Someone who went to the museum and walked through all spaces (!!) the day before I visited it said he also couldn’t find Ukiyo-e. Maybe, the collection was in Japan for some exhibitions?? Anyway, it's preferable to consult spaces of work you want to look at when you go there.

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There is sunny restaurant in the new building in the former courtyard.

Personally, I prefer to spent time in a small and middle-sized museum or one under a certain theme because there is a limit to concentrate on viewing arts. Viewing a motley gathering of arts in a day makes me feel exhausted. I even couldn’t visit Tenshin-En Japanese Garden.
However, it’s a must-do experience in Boston.

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