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Mary Cassatt, Elizabeth Nourse and Their Contemporaries

December 17, 2019–April 7, 2020 | Gallery 213

Women seeking professional careers in the fine arts, unlike their male counterparts, were once restricted in their opportunities to receive an artistic education. While the talents of drawing and watercolor were part of a bourgeois education, professional careers were seen as detrimental to prescribed roles as wives and mothers. Many women had to choose between a career and marriage.

Selections from the permanent collection tell the stories of talented women at home and abroad at the close of the nineteenth century.