Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Celebrates Nineteenth-Century French Painting With Masterpieces From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Paintings by Cezanne, Corot, Gauguin, van Gogh, Millet, Monet, and Renoir on View Beginning June 10

LAS VEGAS, May 2 /PRNewswire/ — The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas announced today, plans to partner once again with the venerable Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) to present an exhibition of 34 paintings by the masters of nineteenth-century French painting. The exhibition, The Impressionist Landscape from Corot to van Gogh, will showcase some of the MFA’s most famous works beginning with Barbizon School painters Camille Corot and Theodore Rousseau and continuing through to the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists with Eugene Boudin, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The exhibition opens June 10, 2005 and will be on view through January 8, 2006.

Andrea Bundonis, President of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art commented, “Since beginning our collaboration with the MFA nearly two years ago, our diverse audience has responded overwhelmingly to the Monet collection. We will now be able to introduce our visitors to a broader segment of the MFA’s collection of nineteenth-century French landscapes with 34 works by 16 artists, the largest Impressionist exhibition ever presented in Las Vegas.”

It is anticipated that this exhibition will continue the momentum begun by the massive success of Claude Monet: Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on view at Bellagio until May 30, 2005. “Nearly 400,000 people from around the world have had the opportunity to see highlights from the Museum’s collection of paintings by Monet at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art,” said Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the MFA. “We are thrilled to share our collection with this international audience, and look forward to bringing the arts to those who live in or visit Las Vegas each year.”

The Impressionist Landscape features five paintings by Monet, including his quintessential The Water Lily Pond, Japanese Bridge, 1900; three paintings by Renoir including Girls Picking Flowers in a Meadow, 1890; and two late landscapes by van Gogh, Enclosed Field with Ploughman, 1889, and Houses at Auvers, 1890, painted shortly before the artist’s death in the summer of 1890.

Accompanying these paintings is a group of works by the Barbizon School artists Camille Corot, Jean-Frangois Millet and Theodore Rousseau. The precursors to the Impressionists, the Barbizon School painters created lyric compositions inspired by their love of nature that include idyllic scenes of fields and forests, or haunting views of river banks at twilight.

The MFA holds one of the most impressive collections of French landscape painting in the United States. This exhibition offers an overview of the rise of landscape art in nineteenth century France — one of the most remarkable artistic revolutions of all time. At no other time in history were so many artists working so intently to capture the light and atmosphere of nature, resulting in the masterpieces on display in The Impressionist Landscape.

Tickets for The Impressionist Landscape from Corot to van Gogh will be available beginning May 4. The gallery is extending its hours beginning June 10 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Admissions are $15 per person and $12 for students, Nevada residents, and seniors 65 and over. Audio-guides are included in the price of admission and are available in English, French, Japanese, and Spanish. Tickets and information are available by calling (702) 693-7871 or (877) 957-9777 or on the web www.bgfa.biz. Tickets may also be purchased online by logging onto www.ticketweb.com. Annual membership to the gallery, The Blue Card, is also available for $45. Annual member benefits include unlimited admission for two, discounted admission for members’ guests, and discounts in the Gallery Store.

Located at the heart of the elegant Bellagio resort, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas’s premier art gallery. Each year the gallery presents exhibitions of artworks and objects drawn from internationally acclaimed museums and private collections.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which includes an estimated 350,000 objects. The Museum’s collection is made up of: Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings and Photographs; Textiles and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments.

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