The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, Courtesy of MFA, Boston
From the 2010 Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art.
Erica Hirshler is Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has written and lectured widely on American paintings of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly on American impressionism and the Boston School. Her most recent book, already in its second printing, Sargent's Daughters: The Biography of a Painting, examines the history of Sargent's masterpiece, The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. Hirshler also organized and wrote the accompanying books for the exhibitions A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870--1940 (2001) and Dennis Miller Bunker: American Impressionist (1995). She has contributed to exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts and other institutions, among them Americans in Paris, 1860--1900 (2006) and Sargent and the Sea (2009).
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By Erica Hirshler