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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Founded in 1870, #mfaBoston encompasses an encyclopedic collection, representing all cultures & time periods. Home of #RileyTheMuseumDog.

Do you have a work of art from our collection that you'd like to learn more about? @glynn_erin recently requested a work by #AlfredSisley, and this post is for them 👋 Comment with your requests, and we'll plan on featuring your choice in a future post! 💌
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"Early Snow at Louveciennes" (about 1870–71) shows snowy rooftops, smoking chimneys and trudging pedestrians, evoking the chilly atmosphere of rural France in the année terrible ("terrible year") of the Franco-Prussian War. Sisley had moved to Louveciennes in 1871 after his home and studio in the neighboring town of Bougival were sacked by advancing Prussian troops.

#FritsThaulow took up pastel primarily in the 1890s, using the versatile medium to depict river views, nocturnal effects and wintry scenes of his native Norway. This view may depict Grini Gård, a farm where Thaulow lived for several years in the mid-1880s. The soft, granular pigment beautifully captures the feathery snow blowing off the edges of the barn’s roof ❄️
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See "Farmyard in the Snow" (1891) in "French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault," on view through January 6!

This week's fan favorite goes to @moffettier! In this case, touching the art is encouraged 👍 The "Please Be Seated" series began in 1975 when the Museum commissioned leading contemporary studio furniture makers to make visitor seating for the galleries. Keep an eye out for signage clearly marking public seating! Enter to be our fan favorite next week using #mfaBoston. 🎨: "Anchored Candy" (2013) by @vivian_beer

📷 "OUTSIDE WITH ANSEL" PHOTO CONTEST 📷
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Go outside, channel your inner @anseladams, and give us your best shot! Submit a recent, Adams-inspired landscape photo using #AnselAdamsInOurTime. Enter by January 23 for a chance to win a private tour of our exhibition. You’ll also receive an MFA membership and Ansel Adams catalogue to fuel your creativity all year long.
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#AnselAdams in Our Time” explores how the photographer’s iconic visual legacy continues to resonate today. Link in profile for contest rules!

We’re honored to announce the largest and most significant gift of Chinese paintings and calligraphy in the Museum’s history: the Wan-go H. C. Weng Collection of 183 objects spanning 13 centuries and five imperial dynasties! The donation was made by Wan-go H. C. Weng—one of the most respected collectors and connoisseurs of Chinese painting in the world—and his family, who acquired these masterworks throughout six generations. Speaking about the generous gift, Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Senior Curator of Chinese Art, says, "Wan-go is a great scholar of Chinese painting and his contribution will transform the Museum of Fine Arts forever."
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🎨: “Portrait of An Qi in His Garden” (detail), 1698, Wang Hui & Jiao Bingzhen; "Landscape of Suzhou Sceneries" (detail), 1484-1504, Shen Zhou; "Nine Letters to Home", after 1523, Wen Zhengming.

@anseladams' images of the American West constitute an iconic visual legacy—one that continues to inspire and provoke. #AnselAdamsInOurTime, now on view, offers a new perspective on one of the best-known and most beloved American photographers by placing him into a dual conversation with his predecessors and contemporary artists.
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"#AnselAdams in Our Time” is presented with proud recognition of @wildernesssociety and @lcvoters, made possible by Scott Nathan and Laura DeBonis. Sponsored by @northerntrustcompany. Additional support from the Robert and Jane Burke Fund for Exhibitions, the Bafflin Foundation and Peter and Catherine Creighton. With gratitude to the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust for its generous support of Photography at the MFA.

William McGregor Paxton, an instructor at the @smfaattufts, captures what affluent Boston women would have worn in the 20th century in "The New Necklace" (1910). Explore our exhibition "Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork" to see this painting and the eye-catching jewelry of the era that adorned and was adored by the city's intellectual and artistic circles.

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.” — #HelenFrankenthaler, born #onthisday in 1928
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Pictured: "Floe IV" (1965), on view in our Art of the Americas Wing.

Best wishes to all of our visitors for a holiday season filled with beauty, warmth and wonder. Thank you to our volunteer MFA Associates for their hard work in putting festive decorations up throughout the Museum, including our favorite international holiday tree!

Are you making your list and checking it twice? The MFA Shop has something for everyone nice on your holiday list—including #RileyTheMuseumDog products! 🐶 🎁

#TriviaTuesday: Which contemporary artist created this work, recently acquired and now on view in our South and Southeast Asian Art Gallery? Hint: He was featured in our "Megacities Asia" exhibition in 2016!

Today marks the end of #Hanukkah! We hope all who celebrate enjoy time with family as the final branch on the Hanukkah lamp has been lit. This new acquisition is a gift from the artist, Linda Threadgill, and is on view in our Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. Threadgill's jewelry, sculpture and ritual pieces are imbued with her love of plants. For this Hanukkah lamp, she fabricated each candlestick in the shape of a flower, its intricately etched petals climbing the thin stems. With this piece, the artist wants to transport us from the cold month of Kislev (the Hebrew month of Hanukkah) to the spring’s rebirth of life.
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Pictured: "Garden of Lights," (1999).

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