Wilhelm Vita (Austrian, 1846–1919), Scheherazade, ca. 1891. Oil on canvas. 74 x 114 in. Sandy and Bram Dijkstra Collection

EXHIBITION TITLE (full): Scheherazade and Her Sisters: Real and Imagined Gilded Age Women from the Dijkstra Collection
VENUE: Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA)
DATES: June 20 — October 18, 2020

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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