While I was enjoying the art of the Nabis, I was also noticing how well the display space had been designed to complement the paintings and prints.
And it was no accident. The curators, Mary Weaver Chapin and Heather Lemonedes Brown, had done some art history sleuthing and found reproductions of historic wallpapers that looked very much like the rooms in the paintings.
Since so much of the mood of the display space is evoked by the wall coverings, using period wallpaper allowed us to see the paintings as they were intended to be seen: against vibrant colors and busy designs.
The music that was playing in the display area was fitting, as well, light and pleasant. The only way to have made it more cozy would have been to have a cushy sofa in front of each piece, but that may be a bit much to ask for.
As we headed out into the chilly wet afternoon, I felt as though I had spent an afternoon at a gracious, well decorated home.