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This was taken looking along the Upper Galleria of the West Wing of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, outside the Gund Gallery where special exhibitions are shown.

I was drawn to the patterns on the glass ceiling and even more to the various figures hanging from the ceiling and being “pulled” toward the large bright window at the other end. At first I wasn’t too happy about the large banners hanging on the left, but now I rather like the way in which the woman ("Madame X” by John Singer Sargent) is disinterestedly (imperiously, even?) viewing the poor souls who are plunging helplessly to their unknown fate.

At this visit, “Americans in Paris” was on exhibit.

"When today we look for 'American art' we find it mainly in Paris. When we find it out of Paris, we at least find a good deal of Paris in it." —Henry James, 1887

From about 1860 to 1900, hundreds of American painters (including, e.g., Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer) traveled to Paris (“capital of the western art world”) to enroll in art schools, to establish their artistic reputations, or to join the city’s significant American expatriate community. It was a good exhibit of many of their works of this period (including "Whistler's Mother"); too bad we were not allowed to take photos........

Technical: Cropped to balance and center the picture. Contrast and sharpening applied. I played with the light levels in the “vortex” at the bottom. It was overexposed and so I tried to bring out more of the details. At the same time, I wanted it to stay bright since I think this is the whole point of the installation (or at least my interpretation of it) -- the bright light drawing, pulling people into the beaming abyss.

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