The view upon leaving the Art Institute on Sunday.
Most any trip to Chicago includes some time at the Art Institute of Chicago, called by some the greatest museum in the world. I never tire of the Impressionists, of the miniature rooms, of the great masters, of the architecture collection, of the paperweight collection.
Hello, old friend.
This trip included the America After the Fall exhibition, the collection of modernist chairs, and some Napoleon stuff. And my old friends Messrs. Seurat and Monet.
From the 1930’s American exhibition, viewed during a private members-only morning:
Edward Hopper, 1939. New York Movie. This painting is filled with incredible suggestive detail.
I loved the symmetry of the view: a visitor and the painting he observes.
Edward Hopper, 1940. Detail of Gas.
Grant Wood. American Gothic.
Alice Neel, 1935. Detail of Pat Whelan.
Charles Sheeler, 1931. Classic Landscape.
Thomas Hart Benton, 1938. Cradling Wheat.
Thomas Hart Benton, 1938. Detail of Haystack.
Grant Wood, 1932. Daughters of Revolution.
Paul Cadmus, 1934. The Fleet’s In. Notice the prim lady at the left, and her dog.
Paul Sample, 1933. Church Supper. I love the sly glances at the lady in pink.