Navigating the Art Institute of Chicago may be like navigating O’Hare airport for the first time, just without the crowds, but helpful guides are on hand to out you straight. PLUS, the museum allows visitors to photograph most works of art!!!
Even with plenty of signage pointing the way, and with a color-coded floor plan map as reference, I had difficulty locating several sections on a recent visit. Each time, Sandy was right there to graciously point me in the right direction, even saying, “I’ve been here a while and am still learning my way around.”
With only four hours to roam the museum, I focused on viewing paintings and started with the Impressionist section for which the Institute is know, and then moved to the special Rodin exhibit (they’re not paintings, but couldn’t pass up seeing the sculptures!).
The gallery of Modern paintings was my favorite, which surprised me. Abstracts, stark lines and dull or dark colors usually don’t move me. But not this time.
Below are some of the paintings that drew me in. All are oil on canvas unless otherwise noted. Dimensions are in inches. Sorry for the inconsistency in how each work is framed… I shot the pics with an iPhone. Happy Browsing!
Art Institute Photos
Louis Anquetin, An Elegant Woman at the Elysee Montmartre, 1888 (28 3/8 x 35 5/8).
Claude Monet, Water Lily Pond,1900 (39 3/4 x 35 3/8).
Vincent Van Gogh, The Poet’s Garden,1888 (28 3/4 x 36 1/4).
Van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1889 (29 x 36 5/8).
George Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -1884. (81 3/4 x 121 1/4).
Detail of A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -1884.
Claude Monet, Poppy Field (Giverny), 1890/91 (24 1/16 x 36 3/4).
Bonham Family Portraits, William Bonnell,1825 (12 x 9 14/16).
William Bonnell, an Amerian painter, painted William Bonham, his sonJ. Ellis Bonham from his first marriage, and Mrs. William Bonham (Ann Warford), his second wife. This queer, yet charming, little trio were completed in three successive days. I like the varied shading of the backgrounds, yet everything else is similar; biggish heads, smallish bodies made to recede even more in black, and each holding an object representing their interests. The man smokes a cigar, the boy reads a book and the woman holds a scarf.
Charles Biederman, American, Untitled, Paris,March 1937(45 5/8 x 35).
Charles Sheeler, Western Industrial,1955 (22 7/8 x 29).
Charles Sheeler, The Artist Looks at Nature,1943 (21 x 18).
Jacob Lawrence, American, The Wedding, egg tempera on hardboard, 1948 (20 x 24).
Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Nightlife,1943 (36 x 47 3/4).
Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Self-Portrait
Thomas Hart Benton, Cotton Pickers, 1945 (32 x 48).
Grant Wood, American Gothic,1939. Oil on beaver board (30 3/4 x 25 3/4).
Niles Spencer, Cape Cod,1926-27.
Georgia O’Keeffe, Spring,1923-24 (18 x 14).
Marguerite Thompson Zorach, Landscape, 1911-12 (23 1/4 x 19 1/4).
Diego Rivera, Portrait of Marevna,c. 1915 (57 3/8 x 44 3/8).
Mary Cassatt, On a Balcony,1878-79 (35 1/2 x 25 5/8).
John Singer Sargent, 1907, The Fountain, Villa Torino’s,Frascati, Italy (28 1/8 x 22 1/4).
John Singer Sargent, Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d’Hiver, c. 1879 (36 5/8 x 28 3/4).
Shepard Fairey, Barack Obama Hope poster, 2008(24 x 36).
Willem de Kooning, Interchange,(sometimes called Interchanged), 1955 (79 x 69).
Alma Thomas, Starry Night and the Astronauts, 1972. Acrylic on canvas (60 x 53).
Roy Lichtenstein, Ohhh… Alright… 1964.Oil and manga on canvas (36.6 x 38).
Roy Lichtenstein, Artist’s Studio: Foot Medication,1974 (96x 128).
Wanda Pimental, Brazilian, Involvement Series.1968-69 (51 1/5 x 38 3/5).
Benny Andrews, Flag Day,1966 (31 x 16 inches).
Robert Ryman, Untitled, 1962.Oil on Linen (69 1/2 × 69 1/2)
Cy Twombly, American, Untitled (Bolsena),1969. Oil-based paint, wax crayon and graphite on canvas (78 1/2 x 94 1/2).
Andy Warhol, Four Mona Lisas,1978, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen (50 x 40).
Jackson pollock, The Key,1946. Oil on linen (59 x 82 inches).