Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Art Inspiration: The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is a true hallmark of an outstanding museum. Despite the fact that many pieces were not available to view on account of major building projects, my friends and I enjoyed our time in this fantastic place. Here are some highlights:

The celebrities (my friends and I gasped when we saw these - like teenage girls at a whispery NKOTB show)

George Seurat, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884-1886
The enormity and the detail of this piece was stunning.

Edward Hopper, The Nighthawks, 1942
The scene pulls you in and it's difficult to walk away from this diner.

Grant Wood, American Gothic, 1930
So iconic. I really like that the daughter is so prim but has a tendril falling out of place.

Mary Cassat, The Child's Bath, 1893
Serene and beautiful.

New favorite:

Elizabeth Sparhawk Jones, The Shoe Shop, 1911
I love the intensity of the buyer and the seller's faces and the hustle bustle of the store.

All photos are my own.


The Lil Bee said...

That Mary Cassatt is one of my favorites. Thank you:)

Jessica said...

I love how your photo arrangements in this post. Brilliant.