From My Window: Jason Berger At Home Abroad

Jason Berger, Maujean’s Garden, 1967. Oil on canvas. Collection of Danforth Art. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Bernstein.

September 9–November 29, 2015

About the Exhibition

Jason Berger’s artistic career spanned multiple decades, and his later work reflects years of skillful honing of his technique. One can see the lineage of Boston painting in Berger’s work—evidence of both his training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the influence of his fellow Boston artists. Yet, his work is also uniquely his own, the result of direct observation, memory, and careful attention to particular elements of a landscape. His repetition of key themes—gardens, butcher shops, flags—in varying mediums and colors, becomes vital in understanding Berger’s process.

This exhibition focuses on Jason Berger’s artistic return to familiar subject matter spanning his travels throughout New England and Europe, with particular attention to sites in France and Portugal. Works in multiple media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, and sketchbooks, provide a fuller picture of the artist’s attentiveness to subject and reinterpretation of a scene. His expressive brush strokes and vibrant palette bring each motif to life, from the view from his studio window in Brookline to a celebration of Bastille Day in Normandy. The exhibition includes works from the last decades of Berger’s career, when he spent considerable time traveling and returning, by plane or by palette, to favorite subject matter, for home was wherever the artist was painting.

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