Fine Arts Museum News
New Watercolor Exhibition
Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
November 28, 2007
A group of colorful watercolors will be on view in the Starr Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts from December 4, 2007 through October 26, 2008, in the special exhibition At Play: Leisure Time Portrayed in Watercolor.
The word leisure comes from the Latin word licere, meaning "to be permitted" or "to be free." This exhibition celebrates the various ways that people relax or entertain themselves during their free time. Whether enjoying the opera, the circus, or a twirl on the merry-go-round; making music, enjoying the outdoors, walking the dog, picnicking or catching up with an old friend, people covet their leisure hours.
Watercolors by Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Prendergast, Jean-Edouard Vuillard, Reginald Marsh, Paul Gauguin, Maurice Brianchon, George Overbury Hart, George Hallowell and other artists depict the many ways people spent their precious free time during the 19th and early 20th centuries.