Boston Loves Impressionism is a terrific show I saw yesterday at the sprawling art museum on Boston’s Fenway. The Museum had invited the public to choose their favorites for a special exhibit, while the permanent gallery for the Museum’s large collection of Impressionist works is under renovation. Vincent van Gogh’s masterpiece, Houses at Auvers (1890), shown at left, earned the most votes, edging out Claude Monet, who came in second place for his iconic Water Lilies (1907), below. One voter wrote that this Monet “made her feel six degrees calmer.” Four of the many others that I liked are in the gallery below–click on each one to enlarge. Bostonians were among the early adopters of Impressionist works. While their contemporaries in New York were still buying traditional paintings, collectors in Boston, guided by Mary Cassatt, among others, cottoned to Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir and purchased their works at bargain prices. I appreciate the MFA’s policy on photography: one may take pictures of anything, as long as there’s no flash. Processing my photos and their captions afterward allows me greater understanding of what I’ve seen.