Monet exhibit a first at Bellagio

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LAS VEGAS -- Visitors to Las Vegas have until Sept. 13 to check out the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art's groundbreaking exhibition of the works of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

"Claude Monet: Masterworks From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" is the city's first show devoted solely to Impressionism and features 21 of the Boston museum's 36 Monet paintings.

That represents the largest loan of Monet's works by the Museum of Fine Arts to a single institution in nearly 10 years. The Museum of Fine Arts' collection of Monet masterpieces is one of the largest outside France.

The 21 works at the Bellagio feature some of Monet's best-known paintings, including "Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist's Garden in Argenteuil" and "Grainstack."

Also on view are two works from the artist's series of paintings of Rouen Cathedral -- "Rouen Cathedral Facade and Tour d'Albane (Morning Effect)" and "Rouen Cathedral, Facade."

The exhibition also includes two works depicting Monet's famous garden at Giverny -- "Water Lilies" and "Water Lily Pond With Bridge."

The latter features Monet's signature Japanese footbridge, considered one of the most recognizable images in Western art.

The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for students, Nevada residents and seniors over age 65.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (877) 957-9777 or (702) 693-7871 or visiting the Web at www.bgfa.biz. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com.

For those who want to take a little bit of Monet home with them, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has collaborated with the Museum of Fine Art to produce a limited-edition exhibition catalog and several commemorative items.

These items, along with the museum's line of Monet merchandise, are available for purchase in the Gallery Store, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected] .

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