Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010

Vincent Van Gogh, Houses at Auvers, 1890. Photograph © 2010 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston houses numerous artworks of interest to the Japanese—among them one of the world’s finest collections of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. This show, however, represents a kind of “best of” from its European painting collection. Among the 80 masterpieces on view are 17th-century El Grecos and Rembrandts, 19th-century Millets, and a treasure trove of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pieces. The latter include works by Monet, Degas, Renoir and Van Gogh, who himself was greatly influenced by ukiyo-e.

Mori Arts Center Gallery
European Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Painting. Apr 17-June 20, ¥500 (MS and under)/¥1,200 (HS, univ)/¥1,500 (adult). 52F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5777-8600. Open daily 10am-8pm. Nearest stn: Roppongi. www.roppongihills.com/art/macg