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Bellagio: New French Paintings in June

3 May 2005

Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS -- Starting June 10, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will present a new collection of nineteenth century French paintings on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

The exhibition, entitled "The Impressionist Landscape from Corot to van Gogh," will replace the existing exhibition of paintings by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet and is expected to be the largest Impressionist exhibition ever presented in Las Vegas.

The exhibition will consist of 34 paintings by 16 artists including Theodore Rousseau, Eugene Boudin, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gaughin, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It will run through Jan. 8, 2006.

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, a for-profit gallery located inside the resort, paid the Museum of Fine Arts to receive the Monet paintings on loan. The Boston museum and the Bellagio gallery have declined to discuss the specifics of the arrangement, which has been criticized in the art world but has largely been embraced by local advocates as a means to bring art to the masses.

The Monet exhibition runs through May 30.

The Monet show, one of the most successful art exhibits to date in Las Vegas, began in January 2004 and was extended by popular demand. The exhibition has been a "massive success" and has drawn nearly 400,000 viewers from around the world, Ann and Graham Gund director of the Museum of Fine Arts Malcolm Rogers said in a statement.

"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," Rogers said.

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