We spent my second day in Chicago at the AIC. What a great museum! The amount of well-known art in this place was incredible.
After some quick looks around the first floor, we headed up to the Impressionist’s Wing. Since my favorite period of time for art is the Impressionist and Post Impressionist, I was like a kid in a candy store running from painting to painting, gasping.
A Sunday on La Grande Jette by Georges Seurat
It is a giant painting!
Equestrienne by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
The Norton Simon Museum has the preliminary sketch for this in its collection.
Monet has been an overall favorite of mine for years, and the AIC is full of his paintings. Several of the haystack series as well as the lily ponds are housed in the AIC.
One of my favorite Van Gogh's – The Bedroom
We visited the modern art wing next. I’m not a big fan of most modern art, but some pieces and some artist appeal to me.
I do like some of Picasso’s earlier work like The Old Guitarist. Henri Matisse is also a favorite of mine. This is Daisies.
There were several pieces that I know of but don’t know too much about. It was so interesting seeing them in person and learning a bit more about the artists.
American Gothic by Grant Wood.
The Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.
I am so impressed with this museum. Up until my visit, the Norton Simon in Pasadena and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris were the top two art museums I’ve visited due to their Impressionist’s collection. I will have to add the Art Institute of Chicago to my list as well.
On a side note, when we left the museum I was amazed to see how many photographs I took of the art inside. Why do I do that? Photographs of this art is available online if I ever want to see it, and I’m certainly not going to to enlarge any of these photos to hang on the wall. I guess it’s just because I am truly giddy when I see originals of the art that I have studied and love. It’s silly really, but I just can’t help myself.