On a recent visit to Chicago, Illinois, I decided to spend a cool rainy day at the Art Institute of Chicago. The web site states: "The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 as both a museum and school, first stood on the southwest corner of State and Monroe Streets. It opened on its present site at Michigan Avenue and Adams Street in 1893. Built on rubble from the 1871 Chicago fire, the museum housed a collection of plaster casts and had a visionary purpose: to acquire and exhibit art of all kinds and to conduct programs of education. The collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world, and the school's graduate program is continually ranked as one of the best in the country. Within the next decade, a new complex will continue this process of growth."
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I was thrilled to find a room full of works from one of my favorite painters, Vincent van Gogh. Above is his 1887 self portrait
Other van Gogh works on display were from top left to right :
Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnières), 1887, Terrace and Observation Deck at the Moulin de Blute-Fin, Montmartre, early 1887, Madame Roulin Rocking the Cradle (La Berceuse), 1889,The Drinkers, 1890
Middle left: The Poet's Garden, 1888
Bottom left: A Peasant Woman Digging in Front of Her Cottage, c. 1885
Middle and bottom right: The Bedroom, 1889
There were many wonderful paintings by the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe
Works by the American artist Edward Hopper including this painting: Nighthawks, 1942
Works by Mary Cassatt. Above are The Child's Bath, 1893, on the left and On a Balcony, 1878/79, on the right.
Many magnificent works by Claude Monet
Including one of my personal favorites by Monet: The Artist's House at Argenteuil, 1873
I'll leave you with this iconic portrait by an Iowa native, Grant Wood, called American Gothic, 1930
Who is you favorite artisit? I took many, many, more photographs of the collections at The Art Institute, but I will have to save the rest for another post in the future.
One extra little trivia tidbit: Across Michigan Ave and Adams Street, directly across from the Art Institute of Chicago, is a marker for the beginning of the historic and legendary Route 66, which travels a total of 2,448 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California.
I'm linking to the weekly "Mosaic Monday" event on Mary's blog Little Red House. Please go over to Mary's blog to see Mary's beautiful photo mosaic and the links of all the blogs participating today!