• Wilhelm Vita, Scheherazade, ca. 1891. Oil on canvas. 74 x 114 in. Sandy and Bram Dijkstra Collection.
    Scheherazade and her Sisters
    Real and Imagined Gilded Age Women from the Dijkstra Collection
    June 21, 2020 — September 20, 2020

This exhibition of paintings explores fantasy images of the seductive power of women in late 19th- and early 20th-century art.

Clark Hobart (American, 1868–1948), A Dream of California, circa 1915. Oil on canvas, Collection of Sandra and Bram Dijkstra
Robert McGregor (Scottish, 1847–1922), Till Eve Again Recalls Them Loaded Home, circa 1891. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, Collection of Sandra and Bram Dijkstra.⁣
Arthur Burdett Frost (American, 1851–1928), Ladies’ Open-Air Painting Class, circa 1905. Oil on canvas, en grisaille, 15 1/4 x 23 1/2 inches, Collection of Sandra and Bram Dijkstra.
Ella Ferris Pell (American, 1846–1922), Salome, 1890. Oil on canvas, 52 x 34 inches, Collection of Sandra and Bram Dijkstra.

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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. Learn more about the exhibition HERE, on our blog, the Oculus.

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