Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chicago, Day 2 - Art Institute (1 of 3... sorry!)

The day after the Chicago Bulls game, it was raining. Fortunately, I was staying about three blocks from the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the premiere art galleries in the world, and one of my personal faves. I took so many photos I need to split this up into three parts - please don't hate me. Business as usual next week.

Downstairs in the museum lie a treasure trove of miniature rooms (the Thorne Miniature Rooms), similar to those of a doll house except with greater detail. This is an English entrance hall of the Gregorian period (c. 1775). The chairs are maybe two inches tall.

I'm extremely poor when it comes to knowledge about Asian art. This is "Karttikeya, God of War, Seated on a Peacock," from 12th century India.

This is "Buddha Seated in Meditation (Dhyanamudra)," also from 12th century India (but a different region).

Next, I went to the American art section of the museum, which vies with the Impressionist section for the greatest concentration of art wealth.

"The Advance Guard, or, The Military Sacrifice (The Ambush)" (1890) by Frederic Remington

"The Herring Net" (1885) by Winslow Homer

"Husking Bee, Island of Nantucket" (1876) by Eastman Johnson

"Distant View of Niagara Falls" (1830) by Thomas Cole

"After the Bullfight" (1873) by Mary Cassatt

"Samuel Fisher Bradford" (1803/08) by Rembrandt Peale

This babe totally reminded me of Suzanne... "Mrs. Joseph Klapp (Anna Milnor)" (1814) by Thomas Sully

"The Coast of Labrador" (1866) by William Bradford... and now I totally want to go to Labrador, Canada.

"The Cafe" (1882/84) by Fernand Lungren

This one needs no introduction (but I'll give it anyway) = "Nighthawks" (1942) by Edward Hopper

The guy on the left is the enigmatic figure I find most interesting.

Holy cow there's a lot going on in this one = "The Rock" (1944-48) by Peter Blume

One of my favorite American painters = Charles Sheeler's "Western Industrial" (1955)

"Nightlife" (1943) by Archibald J. Motley, Jr.

Diego Rivera's "The Weaver" (1936)

Grant Wood's "American Gothic" (1930) had some of the biggest crowds of the day.

"Peru - Machu Picchu, Morning Light" (1957) by Georgia O'Keeffe

"Cow's Skull with Calico Roses" (1931) by Georgia O'Keeffe

Grant Wood's sister and dentist were his models for this American icon.

"Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water" (1872) by James McNeill Whistler

"The Child's Bath" (1893) by Mary Cassatt

"Mrs. George Swinton (Elizabeth Ebsworth)" (1897) by John Singer Sargent

"Une Averse - rue Bonaparte" (1887) by Frederick Childe Hassam

The Impressionists are up next. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice collection - thanks!