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"Boston Loves Impressionism" for Valentine's Day

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Looking for something to do on Valentine's Day that won't break the bank, will impress your date and you don't need a reservation? The Museum of Fine Arts Boston will be opening their exhibit "Boston Loves Impressionism" on Feb. 14, 2014. There's more. This is the first time that the MFA Boston has decided to let patrons choose which paintings from the collection should be displayed. You can vote on the MFA website or on Facebook up until Jan. 29, 2014.

Since the exhibit is vote-based, the results will be a surprise only revealed on the opening day of the exhibit, which falls on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, 2014). The artworks may include pieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Mary Stevenson Cassatt, etc. These are all household names in the art world and rightly so.

Why does "Boston Love Impressionism"? The MFA Boston says:

"Bostonians were among the world’s first collectors of Impressionism, a style commonly derided as “depraved” by Parisian critics of their day. By 1892, when Boston’s St. Botolph Club hosted the first non-commercial show of Monet’s work held anywhere in the world, local collectors owned so many Monets that at least 20 had to be excluded from the exhibition due to lack of space. The Museum of Fine Arts soon reaped the benefits of Boston’s enthusiasm. The MFA received its first three Monets as a gift in 1906 and today holds the largest collection of this artist’s paintings outside Paris."

The best part? If you participate in the voting process you get two free tickets for admission on Valentine's Day.

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