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L'Étoile (The Star)

Edward Degas is regarded as one of the founders of the Impressionist movement in 19th-century painting. However, he regarded himself as a realist or independent due to his pursuit of atypical subject matter and his tendency to paint from unusual vantage points and with asymmetrical compositions. He painted scenes of leisure activities of modern life, such as ballet dancers in the 1870s that eventually comprised perhaps his most memorable series of work.

Lady with a Parasol

Claude Monet was the founder of the French Impressionist movement which sought to express one's perception of nature through essence and the effect of light on forms. Plein air painting was the chosen subject matter of the movement, but when figures such as this one arose they were depicted in the same style which left details open and gestural. Accordingly unrecognizable, the woman pictured here is Suzanne Hoschedé, daughter of Claude Monet's second wife, Alice Hoschedé. The painting was rendered from a low viewpoint, making Ms.

Le Francais Grandfather Clock

This elegant grandfather clock contains a large round clock face and oval body atop a base with scroll and leaf ornament and bun feet. The clock has a beautiful Windsor cherry wood finish with hues of antique gold throughout the carved details. The clock face features dual-tone, metallic and gold hands with Arabic numerals beneath a convex glass crystal. A leaf-tip pattern surrounds the clock face as well as the lower glass door, framing the hanging composition of weights and large, round pendulum.


This lectum was designed to empower the speaker before the audience. Rectangular in shape, the top of the piece provides ample space for the speaker to rest their hands on either side of the angled book platform. The platform is upholstered in a red velvet material in order to keep the speaker's materials from sliding downward. The upper section of the lectum narrows downward over a series of beveled edges that create the illusion of elevating the speaker. The body of the lectum remains rectangular with two wooden columns fashioned into the base.

Lehighton Letters

Lehighton Letters is a series of works created for public libraries worldwide by found object sculptor Richard J. Hinger. Works from Lehighton Letters that he named after the artists Pennsylvania birthplace are on exhibition in London, New York City, Paris, Washington D.C. and 60 other public libraries including the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. This work is made from salvaged signage letters and recycled objects like soda cans, toys, toothbrushes, and bottle caps inlaid in a resin material with a textured application.

Lewis and Clark Discovery

Artist Eugene L. Daub portrays a scene simultaneously in pause and in motion with this relief sculpture. Lewis and Clark look out over their expedition team with their journal and sextant (navigational tool) contemplating the expedition to come while a band of men load and heave large wooden canoes into the water. Sacagawea looks past the scene in the same direction with child fastened to her back. The wind blows the fabric of her dress in the same direction as her gaze emphasizing the still capture of a chaotic moment.

Lewis and Clark Expedition

This bronze sculpture of the Lewis and Clark Expedition team includes Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, York, Sacagawea, and Lewis's Newfoundland dog, Seaman (listed on the artist's website). The group rests atop a rocky base while looking out in all directions and observing what lies ahead. Lewis and Clark are in the midst of consulting their instruments and each other. The team stands alone, facing what the viewer's imagination reads as the uncharted Frontier in the space around the sculpture. They appear cautious, yet brave, and together convey the essence of discovery.

Map of Greater Kansas City & Suburbs

This map is of the Greater Kansas City Metro and Suburbs region. Text in the bottom righthand corner reads the company's slogan "Everything in Maps." The Gallup Map & Art Company was founded in Kansas City in 1875 and is one of the oldest operating cartography companies in the United States. A later reproduction of the same map can be found on their website and is listed as an "antique map featuring the streetcars" (GallupMap.com).

Map of Kansas City Metro Area

This map provides a visual understanding of Kansas City's urban landscape with bright color blocking to denote major districts packed with extensive quantitative detail. The legend includes house numbers, city limits, county lines, railroads, public buildings, hospitals, county highways, US highways, interstates, shopping centers, parks, cemeteries, golf courses, and an index of the major corporations, or districts that comprise the city.

Map of Kansas City Stockyards

The Kansas City Stockyards operated in the West Bottoms of Kansas City from 1871 to 1991. It was the second largest stockyards in the nation and one of Kansas City’s most important industries. Three separate maps comprise a whole view of the stockyards. Reading from top to bottom, each map is numbered Plate One, Plate Two and Plate Three. The maps were created circa 1907, from map makers Tuttle and Pike. Plate One details "N 1/2 Sec. 6, Tp. 49, R 33.". Two of the neighborhoods included in this area are Coates and Hopkins Addition. Plate Two details "S 1/2 Sec. 6, Tp.

Map of Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS

This map provides a color-blocked depiction of Kansas City on a grid. The map used for this print was presumably much older since the key at the top identifies horse and cable roads as well as steam roads throughout the city. Steam roads refers to the roads that were created to accommodate the steam powered vehicles developed in the 1800s. The Missouri side, in yellow, features most of the grid as well as the Missouri Pacific, Chicago & Alton, and Kansas City Sunbelt railroads. They trail into the Kansas side, which is pink, and features more of the grid and the Shawnee Reserve.

Map of Westport, MO and its additions

As documented in the historical account from the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library, The town of Westport, in 1838, stood near the western edge of the American frontier and served as a disembarking point for traders following the Santa Fe Trail to present-day New Mexico, then a part of Mexico. To reach Westport from the east, traders traveled by river to a natural rock landing near the junction of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers and then trekked four miles south to Westport. This is an original 1885 map of Westport Missouri, by Charles C. Spalding, C.E.

Missouri Ave.

"Missouri Ave" is an oil on canvas landscape painting in the Impressionist style. It depicts a view of the Missouri Avenue, located in the North East district of Kansas City, Missouri. The painting showcases multi-story buildings on either side of a street view with both automobiles and pedestrians. Businesses are visible on the left hand side of the work by the store front signs of "Tailor" and "Loans." "Missouri Ave" is an original painting signed by the artist.

Missouri Bureau of Geology and Mines Map of Jackson County, Mo

This map color codes the geological mines throughout Jackson County with an accompanying legend. The legend includes the following mineral deposits: Alluvium, Iola Limestone, Chanute Shale, Drum LS, Cherryvale Sh, Winterset LS, Galesburg Sh, Bethany Falls LS, Ladore Sh, Hertha LS, Pleasanton Sh. The following areas are noted for each mineral: Lansing, Kansas City, Pleasanton, Henrietta, and Cherokee. The cartographic authors are noted as W.E. McCourt and J. Bennett, and other text further indicates H. A. Buehler as the State Geologist.

Mozart in Prague

Jiří Votruba is an artist from the Czech-Republic who works primarily with strong, flat graphics and primary colors. The illustration depicts the great composer Mozart, or at least his feet and legs, standing over the city skyline of Prague. Votruba's illustrations are popular in use with literature for children and often include imagery of classical composers and historical Prague, as seen here (votruba.cz). The artist is otherwise very interested in the attractivity of consumer society, likely owing to the colors and pop art-esque style that characterizes his work.

Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1)

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is a 1990 american dramatic film, based on the novel by Evan S. Connell. The film was directed by James Ivory, produced by Ismail Merchant and a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The film starred real life couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The story follows the all american family living in the Country Club District of Kansas City, Missouri, during the 1930s and 1940s. The Bridges come to grips with changing social mores and conventions of the time. Mr.

Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (2)

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is a 1990 American dramatic film, based on the novel by Evan S. Connell. The film was directed by James Ivory, produced by Ismail Merchant and a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The film starred real life couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The story follows the all-American family living in the Country Club District of Kansas City, Missouri, during the 1930s and 1940s. The Bridges come to grips with changing social mores and conventions of the time. Mr.

National Bank of Commerce Ten Dollar Bill

This work is an oversized print model of a ten-dollar bill as printed by the National Bank of Commerce in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1907. As opposed to the centrally-oriented bills of the present day, this bill frames the United States' twenty-fifth president, William McKinley, on the left-hand side. Nearer the center of the bill is the bolded statement "The National Bank of Commerce of Kansas City, Missouri will pay to the bearer on demand ten dollars" with numerous bank note insignia across the rest of the bill.

New in Kansas City Advertisement

Covering what was "New in Kansas City", this article mentions the installment of the Pickwick-Greyhound bus terminal. At the time, it was the world's largest and its placement in Kansas City was decided by the city's central location in the country. The city had highways extend in every direction, and had experienced steady growth and prosperity. The article markets Kansas City as "unexcelled by any other metropolis" as an industrial center because of its transportation facilities. Next to these statements are sketched illustrations of the bus station from ground and aerial views.

Ombres Gravées

This original print is 41 out of a series of 50, signed at dated by Henri-George Adam in 1956. Seven rectangular fields arrange to comprise an angular abstract composition. Each field has a base layer of hatching executed with grid-like precision. Within the fields, abstract shapes layer over one another creating new shapes altogether with the resulting varying opacities. A diamond emerges from the composition along with prominent horizontal striations in the upper register.