Critic’s picks: Art museums

Williams College Museum of Art

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COURBET: MAPPING REALISM Drawing on collections in Belgium and the United States, the show traces the influence of the father of 19th-century realism on artists and collectors in both countries. Through Dec. 8. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College. 617-552-8100, www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/artmuseum

MAURICE PRENDERGAST: BY THE SEA A retrospective of the great early American modernist’s work, focusing on his depictions of leisure activities by the sea. Through Oct. 13. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME. 207 725 3275. www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum

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