Meet Great Art in Saint Louis

The Verdict of the People, 1854–55, by George Caleb Bingham. Oil on canvas. (Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Bank of America 45:2001)
Clang, clang, clang, ding, ding, ding for the city’s superb museum

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I visited the Saint Louis Art Museum this week, my first time in the city, which is entirely my fault since both the city and the museum are warm, welcoming hubs of high culture. Saint Louis started as a fur-trapping market town in the 1760s and wasn’t much more when the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 nearly doubled the size of the country at the attractive price of $18 a square mile.

A hundred and one years later, the city was a metropolis, so much so that it hosted the 1904 World’s Fair, nominally in honor of the Louisiana Purchase’s centennial, and

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