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comfortable bed and breakfast, the museum- going experience becomes even better. For those to whom motoring is an espe- cially pleasing pastime, the Shelburne Museum in Burlington, Vermont represents an astonishing array of folk and fine art. There, among the collections of quilts, minia- ture circus toys, and antique carriages you will also find something out of the ordinary in the Shelburne's collection of American artists. By all means seek out the works of Mary Cassatt, Andrew Wyeth, and many others of similar quality. But also help me reclaim an old, fond impression from a visit years ago and the memory of an obscure Massachusetts painter whose oeuvre is modest and whose name is lost to me in the passage of time. His canvasses are small in scale, yet intensely psychological. Family members serve as mod- els. His portrait work, in its precision and dark intensity, is reminiscent of the English court painter Hans Holbein. But in his mature years he flowers in the most literal sense. Portraiture gives way to lush landscapes and apple orchards burst into bloom; his style becomes conspicuously relaxed and impressionistic. Truly, art can be its own reward, even for those fascinating souls to whom we must give thanks for its creation. Visit wwmblog.com for a list of bed and breakfasts conveniently located near the museums in this article. PETER GOLDEN writes about the American experience. 179 summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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