There were four giants of impression, four historic heroes who banded together to display their work at the first impressionist exhibition in 1874, and withstood the barbs of more conventional observers to create a new and historic style. They were Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir & Edgar Degas. Read More
Report from the Front
Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. New shows: "events;" how to support the online edition: "works."
May 12, 2013
Here is a show that I am the wrong critic for. It is “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through May 27). This show, which purports to offer “a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries,” includes some 80 major figure paintings, together Read More
December 22, 2011
Beantown is fortunate. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is “Degas and the Nude,” curated by George T. M. Shackelford, of the Boston museum, and Xavier Ray, of the Musée d’Orsay. This many-splendored exhibition features 160 works (140 of them by Degas), including paintings, pastels, drawings, monotypes, etchings, lithographs and Read More