MFA to sell 8 iconic French artists' paintings to finance one purchase

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    MFA to sell 8 iconic French artists' paintings to finance one purchase

    This is more generally newsworthy than back in the arts corner of The Globe:

    It's for the Caillebotte "Man at His Bath", called by The Globe his masterpiece.

    http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2011/09/19/for_impressionist_masterpiece_mfa_will_sell_8_in_collection/

    I like the painting that they desire just fine, BUT WHAT ARE ALL THE WORKS TO BE SOLD? Please publicize every one of them. This article well initiates the MFA's stated desire to downplay them. No one painting can be worth the partially named list to be surplussed: Monet? (Even if there is a surrogate, as this article blithely cedes without doubt.) Gaugin? Sisley? Pissaro? Renoir? You have got to be kidding.

    One must hope that the strategy not reported or even pondered by Mr. Smee - and no other course is pondered here - is that the MFA hopes that this feign will pop the donation that they really seek. Only then would such a paid media piece, and the plan it describes, be anything but nauseating.

    Otherwise, it's not too much to ponder that such moves have been the beginning of the unhinging of museum directors.
     
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    Re: MFA to sell 8 iconic French artists' paintings to finance one purchase

    This is fascinating.  If the page is preserved, you get to choose your conclusion from Mr. Wirzbicki:

    http://news.google.com/news/story?hl=en&cp=15&gs_id=2s&xhr=t&q=mfa+caillebotte&pq=mfa+purchase&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1138&bih=533&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ncl=dN0dOB4KONNHPHMMtfWAGNpU0vU9M&ei=lCp5TrbEIYiCgAfczL3KAQ&sa=X&oi=news_result&ct=more-results&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CB4QqgIwAA

    Dizzying.
     
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    On the one hand, and on the other

    Contrary to an impression left here, it's Scot Lehigh, on the right as usual, versus Dante Ramos, on the left--clips posted, not written, by Alan Wirzbicki:

    Lehigh--
    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/blogs/the_angle/2011/09/swapping_eight.html

    Ramos--
    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/blogs/the_angle/2011/09/gustave_cailleb.html

    Caillebotte's work might come across as poking fun at Renoir, The Bathers, held by Musee d'Orsay, but actually it is much older, 1884 versus 1919.
     
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    Re: MFA to sell 8 iconic French artists' paintings to finance one purchase

    I'm sorry, I was wrong.  I looked at who was credited with posting the stories, didn't drill further, and thought the above linked web page credited him.  I actually had seen the articles by Ramos and Lehigh via other paths, and also one by Smee.  On the face of the web page, I thought the two I cited were posted and written by Wirzbicki.

    And I did not pick up on the "left" and "right" slants before I read AppDev's comment.  Thank you for this.  The one by Smee seemed to be just a mouth piece -- an unquestioning feed from MFA public affairs.
     

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