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You know George Caleb Bingham, even if you don’t recognize his name. He’s the painter of “Fur Traders Going Down the Missouri,” the haunting and oft-reproduced waterscape depicting two fur traders in a canoe, with a black cat perched at the boat’s prow and set against a gorgeous backdrop of forest and sky. Prints can be viewed in the dining rooms of grandmothers throughout Missouri. Although he died in 1879, the Missouri painter’s 200th birthday is the occasion of a celebration at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278). Bingham focused on territorial Missouri, painting riverboat men, traders and wide-angle depictions of frontier life. Through October 2, the museum exhibits 30 preparatory drawings along with a grand multi-figure oil painting, “Stump Speaking,” on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum. The Nelson-Atkins contributes several Bingham paintings from its own collection, including portraits and depictions of political events. For more information about Bingham events in March, see

Sat., March 19; Sun., March 20, 2011

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