The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is one of the most beautiful and contemplative collections I have ever visited. Nestled off to one side of Williams College in the Berkshires -- did I tell you all this already? -- its galleries pace calmly among a landscape of old trees and leaf-strewn lawns.
One of the treasures you can see there is Pierre Bonnard's (French, 1867-1947) Women with Dog. In this direct, innocent work you can easily see how he played with the elements of Japanese woodcuts, which were a new exciting find at the time. Things would be imported from Japan wrapped in old woodcuts, and the French artists knew a good thing where they could borrow it. The tilted viewpoint, the particular dry indigo blue -- all borrowed, but the wiry hound is all French.