Scheherazade and her Sisters

In One Thousand and One Nights, the strong-willed Scheherazade saves herself and many other women by outsmarting a brutal king with her fascinating tales. This exhibition of paintings explores fantasy images of the seductive power of women in late 19th- and early 20th-century art and places them next to those of real working women of the Gilded Age, who survived in a world far removed from the Orientalist dreams and supernatural settings popular with the artists of this period. But, whether real or imaginary, these women, depicted with fierce conviction by a wide range of European and American artists, retain their allure even today.

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  • Adrian Marie (French, 1848–1891)
    MISERE, 1875
  • Andreas Groll (Austrian, 1850–1907)
    PAN AND THE DRYADS, 1898
  • Arthur Burdett Frost (American, 1851–1928)
    LADIES’ OPEN-AIR PAINTING CLASS, circa 1905
  • Clark Hobart (American, 1868–1948)
    A DREAM OF CALIFORNIA, circa 1915
  • Ella Ferris Pell (American, 1846–1922)
    SALOME, 1890
  • Enrico Lionne (Italian, 1865–1922)
    LA TRASTEVERINA (or RETURN FROM THE FEAST OF DIVINE LOVE), 1914
  • Eric Pape (American, 1870–1938)
    ANGEL AND THE BOOK OF LIFE, 1897
  • Frank Duveneck (American, 1848–1919)
    RECLINING NUDE ON A RIVERBANK
  • Gilbert Gaul (American, 1855–1919)
    WAITING, 1876
  • Hugo Ballin (American, 1879–1956)
    GODDESS OF HARVEST or CERES (LAKE MONONA), 1913
  • Louis Frederick Berneker (American, 1876–1937)
    PROSERPINE, circa 1914
  • Maurice Molarsky (American, born Ukraine, 1885–1950)
    PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN HOLDING A RED BOOK, circa 1915
  • Maximilien Colin (American, born Prussia, 1862–1894)
    SOUVENIRS, 1891
  • Robert McGregor (Scottish, 1847–1922)
    TILL EVE AGAIN RECALLS THEM LOADED HOME, circa 1891
  • Walter Shirlaw (American, born Scotland, 1838–1909)
    DAWN, circa 1886
  • Wilhelm Vita (Austrian, 1846–1919)
    SCHEHERAZADE, circa 1891
  • William Whiteley (British, active 1882–1916)
    A SAIL!, 1898

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