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50 Paintings in 50 Hours Attracts Young Artists

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A little taste of France comes to the metro and is attracting some of the youngest of artists.

Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and now Emmy Ford. The self-proclaimed artist hopes to have her own art hanging in galleries just like Van Gogh.

"I just think that Van Gogh is so inspiring even though he wasn't very popular when he lived, he's just like one of the greatest paintings the greatest in the world now," says Ford.

It's all part of the "Masters of Monet" exhibit timeless art from the Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford, Connecticut was brought to the middle of the metro in March. Now art history aficionados have the chance to experience the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century art.

"Why not just stay open for 50 straight hours and give people every opportunity to come see this artwork," says the museum's director of new media, Julian Rankin.

The Mississippi Museum of Art is open for 50 hours this weekend for people to enjoy 50 paintings until the exhibit is packed up for its next stop, Denver.

"It's over about 300 years of artwork and walking through you get a sense of the trajectory of history. So it's a history lesson as well as art history," says Rankin.

"It's like a big part of history is art. It really helps us learn about things that happened a long time ago," says Ford.

Fifty paintings in 50 hours kicked off on Friday. The last day to view some of the most famous paintings like Monet's Water Lilies or Van Gogh self portrait is Sunday.

And who knows maybe a hundred years from now a Ford painting could hang in this very gallery.

The exhibit will remain open until 5pm Sunday.


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