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“Great Sargent Exhibit at the Expanded MFA”

Museum of Fine Arts
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We hadn't been to the MFA in several years, but were in the Boston area to visit our son and daughter-in-law who bought tickets for the John Singer Sargent watercolors special exhibit. While best known for his portraits, this collection of more than 200 of his watercolors is not to be missed. Be sure to do the audio tour; it's phenomenal. Afterwards, we visited the permanent collection to view his portraits (e.g., the Daughters of Edwin Darcy Bolt). Amazingly, the elegant porcelain vases in the portrait are on either side of this beautiful painting.

We ran out of time to visit MFA's magnificent impressionist wing. Will just have to schedule a return visit.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

This museum while not as large as The Met, has a fabulous collection of art of exceptional quality that clearly is on a par with The Met. The Sargent exhibit of watercolors is very well curated and gives one a a glimpse into what Sargent painted for his own enjoyment as these were not commissions. His views of Venice in particular are rather fresh and we can see Venice in views that are not the standard views like from the underside of the Rialto Bridge. The permanent collection of Sargent's body of work is also quite impressive. This museum is a must on anyone's trip to Boston.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Do your life a favor and go see the 200+ watercolors by John Singer Sargent. So emotionally and visually enlightening. Make sure to get into a docent tour or at least pick up the audio tour. Your life will thank you for it.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Something for everyone! So much to see! The layout and exhibitions are inspiring! particularly enjoyed the john Singer Sargent exhibition.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

If you are traveling to Boston, this is a must see. It is not the Louvre or the Met, but it is a world class museum in its own right and in a beautiful setting. Plenty to do for kids as well. They will love the Egyptian wing.

Thank Chris M
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