Maurer was an early 20th Century artist who morphed from an Impressionist to a Fauvist to a Cubist. From the Addison’s website:
Considered the most accomplished American artist to adopt Fauvism, Alfred Maurer (1868–1932) tirelessly explored the boundaries of artistic expression throughout his career. From his cross-fertilization of Fauvism between French and American circles to his channeling of abstraction in his late radical works, Maurer proved to be a formidable creative force in expanding the potential for artistic expression in American art.
Representative samples, early (Whistler inspired) work first:
Then Maurer met Henri Matisse and jumped on board the Fauve Express.
Several years later, Maurer squared up with Cubism.
It’s like he was triplets.
For a more cogent analysis, check out Sebastian Smee’s slightly dyspeptic review in last Sunday’s Boston Globe.
And while you’re there, also check out the excellent exhibits Light/Dark, White/Black, On the Scene: 20th Century Street Photography, and especially Searching for the Real, which showcases the Addison’s fabulous permanent collection.
All are there through July 31.
Seriously, it’s not that far.