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The Museum of Fine Arts recently purchased four works related to the Boston photographer F. Holland Day, a major acquisition that we proudly celebrate with our exhibition Truth and Beauty: Pictorialist Photography. Day lived at an extraordinary moment in Boston history. Join Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, and Anne Havinga, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs, in an exploration of his artistic context. Our program will start with a discussion of Day’s masterpiece, then we will stroll through the Museum’s galleries of the Aesthetic Movement, American Impressionism, Arts and Crafts, and the American Renaissance, where we will discuss the work of Day’s contemporaries in Boston including John Singer Sargent, Arthur Stone, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and the Boston School of painters. We will end with additional works drawn from storage, and then share a complimentary glass of wine in the Museum’s Taste.

 Please RSVP to Molly Papows at Friends-photography@mfa.org or 617 369 3426 

This is a private event for Friends of Photography members. 

Edward Steichen, Solitude (Portrait of F. Holland Day), 1901, Platinum print. Barbara M. Marshall Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, Otis Norcross Fund, William E. Nickerson Fund, Lucy Dalbiac Luard Fund, and funds by exchange from a gift of James Lawrence, Dorothy Mackenzie and John E. Lawrence, and funds donated by Michael and Elizabeth Marcus, Charles W. Millard III, and Scott Nathan and Laura DeBonis, 2013.637