June 2021

Arts & Letters

Boston and Japan: ‘French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’

By Sebastian Smee
What connects Boston’s peerless collections of French Impressionism and historic Japanese art and design?

Sebastian Smee

Sebastian Smee is the art critic for The Washington Post and winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is the author of The Art of Rivalry, and a forthcoming book on Berthe Morisot and Édouard Manet.

@SebastianSmee

Claude Monet, ‘Poppy field in a hollow near Giverny’, 1885, oil on canvas, 65.1 x 81.3 cm, Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection. © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Like no actor ever: ‘My Name Is Gulpilil’

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Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Lumberjills

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Australian purgatory

The permanent damage of temporary protection

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The most hated man

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Illustration by Jeff Fisher

The Properties of Water

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Desert bloom: The Tennant Creek Brio

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A revived interest in alien visitation only underscores how little we know about the universe

Cartoon image of man with head in the clouds

The return of the lucky country

The pandemic has exposed the truth of Donald Horne’s phrase, and the morbid state of our national leadership

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The American comedian’s vulnerable and nuanced look at constant perception in the digital age

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