1. This is an example of the Japanese prints that inspired the Impressionists.
Utagawa Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797–1858. Playing Football, 19th century, Edo period. Color woodblock print. Gift of Louis W. Hill, Jr.
2. A birthday boy should be at the center of the picture, but here he is off to the right. Sargent chose to crop the painting on the right, cutting off the scene, as one might do in a candid photograph.
John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925. The Birthday Party, 1887. Oil on canvas. The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund and the John R. Van Derlip Fund.
3. Eugène-Louis Boudin was as an early inspiration for many Impressionists, especially Monet. Boudin composed the picture to emphasize the vast sky, dwarfing the beach-goers in the foreground. This is the first painting purchased by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts after it opened in 1915.
Eugène-Louis Boudin, French, 1824–98. Vacationers on the Beach at Trouville, 1864. Oil on canvas. The William Hood Dunwoody Fund.