Women artists take the spotlight at the Bellagio Gallery in 2014

"Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading" by Mary Stevenson Cassatt. Photo ©2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Female artists will headline the next exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

Opening Feb. 14, 2014, “Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” will feature 34 paintings from 1860 – 1950. The exhibit will spotlight women’s artistic achievements as domestic independence and increased opportunities for artistic education resulted in a growth of female artists.

“‘Painting Women’ tells a powerful and emotional story detailing how women artists developed and contributed in an era when they were yet to be fully recognized,” said BGFA Executive Director Tarissa Tiberti. “Each of the works represents a time period when talent was under-appreciated because it was assigned to gender, as the wheels of equality we’re slowly, but purposefully, grinding.”

Paintings will be arranged thematically from the 1870s, the era when fine arts training programs first became available to women, to the mid-20th century.

The exhibit will showcase works by major female artists including Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe and Berthe Morisot. The exhibit will also include examples of artistic partnerships between men and women, such as the work of American Impressionist painter Lilian Westcott Hale and her husband Philip Leslie Hale.

"Portrait of a Young Woman" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun. Photo ©2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The paintings are on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The city of Boston was a leader in the emergence of female artists at the turn of the century. In 1889 the magazine “The Art Amateur” declared “There is nothing that men do that is not done by women now in Boston.”

The exhibit will run Feb. 14 – Oct. 23, 2014. Tickets are $16 for tourists, $13 for Nevada residents and seniors, $11 for students, teachers and military.


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