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. 1892.
  • Gilbert Gaul (American, 1855–1919)
    Waiting. 1876.
  • Hugo Ballin (American, 1879–1956)
    Godess 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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Icons in Conversation: Alison Saar

Known for her powerful sculptures and prints that illuminate narratives of the African Diaspora, Saar’s work is featured in collections across the world.

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