If you are in Boston, you are mostly likely aware of the amazing exhibition going on at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). For the first time, Brookline Museum and MFA collections of Sargent's watercolor are on view together, totallying 92 watercolors created by the artist between the years 1902 and 1911, during his trips across the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
The paintings, selected by Sargent himself to represent his work in watercolor, are arranged by theme, and include portrayals of Venetian architecture, Bedouin camps, the Alps, marble quarries and villa gardens.
Last week, thanks to my friend Smita, I had the opportunity to see the exhibition through the eyes of curator Erika Hirshler, and I can say I will never look at an exhibition the same way I used to. In addition to a great insight into Sargent's work and life, Erika told us about the whole process of curating this exhibition, from picking the colors for each room to the process of matting and framing the paintings so both MFA and Brookline collections would mingle well.
The exhibition goes on until January. From here, the exhibition will make its way to Houston, Texas, and I highly recommend you go check it out if you are around.
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