Art Institute of Chicago: 19th Century Beauties

August 18, 2017 No Comments

On our recent trip to Chicago, we had an amazing time visiting the Art Institute of Chicago.  So much so, we had to go twice!  We spent a ton of time in the 19th Century French part of the museum.  I was really happy to see some of the great works there.  We also enjoyed the contemporary wing quite a bit too.


Roz resting out front of the Art Institute of Chicago


Grand Entrance at the Art Institute of Chicago


I was happy to see a great array of paintings from one of my very favorite artists, Toulouse-Lautrec!  Any chance I get to see his work up close excites me.  In this first piece, you can see Degas’ influence on Lautrec.  He really admired his work.  I also love Lautrec’s circus images.  They are so dynamic!  I have even been inspired myself to paint a few circus images.


Art Institute of Chicago


Art Institute of Chicago


At The Moulin Rouge is at the Art Institute.  It is one of my very favorite paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec.  I have only seen in person one time before and at a crowded traveling exhibit.  I was very happy to get to spend some time along and up close with it.  It was painted between 1892 and 1895 at the famous Moulin Rouge.  I have been to Paris many times and walked by the Moulin Rouge, but Roz took me there for a show for the first time.  It is a totally different atmosphere and show from when Lautrec was painting  this piece, but it was still thrilling to be there where he once spent so much time.  I particularly love the green faced lady on the far right.  One owner actually had her cut off the painting.  Thank goodness she was added back when it was restored.

Art Institute of Chicago

Another of my favorite paintings of my favorite city.   Love this huge oil painting of Paris Street; Rainy Day (French Rue de Paris, temps de pluie) 1877, by the French artist Gustave Caillebotte.  You can tell from the elbow of the real gentleman in the gallery on the far right, compared to the painted gentleman, that it is almost life size.  If only I could just walk inside and be in Paris.

Art Institute of Chicago


Enjoyed seeing some of my other French favorites.  The Drinkers is a fun, but less well known painting by Van Gogh.   And there was a special exhibit of Gauguin’s work.  Not just paintings, but also a lot of wood carvings and pottery.  It was very cool to see that much of his creative work together in one place.

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

There was a lot of really wonderful 19th Century French sculpture and some lovely Art Nouveau furnishings.  I am crazy for such things.  This Joan d’Arc bust was so beautiful.  Would love to have her in my home.

Art Institute of Chicago


Art Institute of Chicago


Always very happy to see one of Degas’ Little Dancers.  Who’s that cute guy in front of her?

Roz and the Little Dancer, Art Institute of Chicago.


I also fell in love with some new art and artists on our visit.

Alberto Pasini, Memory of the Orient, 1880 at the Art Institute of Chicago.


Louis Anquetin,  An Elegant Woman at the Élysée Montmartre (Élégante à l’Élysée Montmartre), 1888 at Art Institute of Chicago.


Antonio Mancini, Resting, 1887 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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