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One day Ellen Emmet Rand’s paintings will be viewed on their merit and not because a woman did them. In spite of the show’s long-winded title, the work stands on its own. The eminent American portraitist was a gifted painter and an independent woman. Her work speaks for itself in a current exhibit of her portraits at University of Connecticut’s Benton Museum of Art.

Though she died prematurely at age 66 in 1941, Rand painted most everybody who was anybody — and then some — in her half of the century. She produced over 800 portraits in her lifetime....