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We collect, care for, and interpret works of art across time, cultures, geographies, and identities, centering the vision of artists and makers.

In 1871, the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini moved to Paris and befriended Edgar Degas, who became a mentor to the arti...
01/08/2024

In 1871, the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini moved to Paris and befriended Edgar Degas, who became a mentor to the artist. By 1901, when Boldini produced this painting of Italian opera singer Lina Cavalieri, he was one of the most sought-after portraitists of his day.

See "Portrait of Mme. Lina Cavalieri" on view in Gallery 226.

Unlike many of her contemporaries, who were dubbed "action painters," Joan Mitchell worked slowly and deliberately. "I p...
01/05/2024

Unlike many of her contemporaries, who were dubbed "action painters," Joan Mitchell worked slowly and deliberately. "I paint a little," she said. "Then I sit and look at the painting, sometimes for hours. Eventually, the painting tells me what to do."⁣

In "City Landscape," Mitchell infused her characteristic tangles of bright color with the energy of a large metropolis. It's as if a brilliant, electrified city is hovering in the distance.

See "City Landscape" (1955) by Joan Mitchell on view in Gallery 291.

Stare at Winslow Homer's "The Herring Net" long enough and you just might start to hear the crashing of waves and feel a...
01/04/2024

Stare at Winslow Homer's "The Herring Net" long enough and you just might start to hear the crashing of waves and feel a bit of sea spray on your face.⁣

Homer, one of the most influential American painters of the 19th century, is best known for his dynamic depictions of the power and beauty of nature, but his later work focused almost exclusively on humanity’s struggle with the sea.⁣

Here we see one fisherman hauling in netted and glistening herring, the other unloading the catch. With teamwork so necessary for survival, both strive to steady the precarious boat as it rides incoming swells. Homer’s isolation of these two figures underscores the enormity of their task: the elemental struggle against a sea that both nurtures and deprives.

Explore the heroic efforts of fishermen at their daily work in this iconic painting by Winslow Homer—now on view in Gallery 171.

An artist with an adventurous spirit, Rockwell Kent traveled widely, gravitating to snowy locales to find the perfect vi...
01/03/2024

An artist with an adventurous spirit, Rockwell Kent traveled widely, gravitating to snowy locales to find the perfect vistas. For this painting, he set up a small shack to use as a studio in remote Vermont, referring to it as a "handy refuge for a frozen realist.” He captured this view of Mount Equinox in winter, one of a group of paintings that he executed of the peak at different seasons.

Although grounded in realism, Kent’s landscapes are not straightforward transcriptions of the natural world; rather, they are harmonious compositions featuring simplified forms, vivid colors, sharp contrasts, and astute design.

See "Mount Equinox, Winter" (1921) by Rockwell Kent on view in Gallery 272.

Raise your hand if you hit snooze one too many times today.In "Resting," 19th-century Italian painter Antonio Mancini ev...
01/02/2024

Raise your hand if you hit snooze one too many times today.

In "Resting," 19th-century Italian painter Antonio Mancini evokes the haziness between wakefulness and sleep by using an impasto technique—the brushwork clearly visible from the thickly applied paint.

Mancini combines his interest in the French avant-garde with the rich palettes and dark tonal contrasts of Baroque painting, applying his oils with ecstatic and reckless abandon.

See "Resting" (1887) by Antonio Mancini on view in Gallery 226.

2024 is here! ✨ Happy New Year from the Art Institute of Chicago. Thank you for being part of our museum community. 💞 We...
01/01/2024

2024 is here! ✨ Happy New Year from the Art Institute of Chicago. Thank you for being part of our museum community. 💞 We look forward to sharing new exhibitions with you in the new to come.

Check out just some of our upcoming shows—Georgie O'Keeffe, Christina Ramberg, contemporary weavings, and more: https://bit.ly/3Gq4N6q

Happy New Year’s Eve! 🍸🎉 We hope you enjoy the evening’s festivities, however you celebrate! Please note the museum is c...
12/31/2023

Happy New Year’s Eve! 🍸🎉 We hope you enjoy the evening’s festivities, however you celebrate!

Please note the museum is closed tomorrow on New Year’s Day.

Standing 26 feet high and displayed at the top of the museum's Grand Staircase, this Tiffany Window is hard to miss. A m...
12/30/2023

Standing 26 feet high and displayed at the top of the museum's Grand Staircase, this Tiffany Window is hard to miss. A majestic landscape in light, it is a monumental achievement in stained glass.

Made over 100 years ago by Tiffany Studios, this scene captures the fleeting beauty of nature—the sun setting over a mountain, flowing water, and light dancing through the trees.

Because of its near-life-size scale, "Paris Street; Rainy Day" looks like a painting one could just walk into.Caillebott...
12/29/2023

Because of its near-life-size scale, "Paris Street; Rainy Day" looks like a painting one could just walk into.

Caillebotte was 29 years old when this painting—his largest ever—appeared in the third Impressionist exhibition, held in 1877. In this work, he shows off everything new in Paris at a time of great change. The clothes are the latest fashion. The retractable umbrella was just invented. And a decades-long renovation had transformed the winding medieval streets of Paris into grand boulevards.

The result is at once real and contrived, casual and choreographed. With its curiously detached figures, the canvas depicts the anonymity that the boulevards seemed to create.

See "Paris Street; Rainy Day" by Caillebotte on view in Gallery 201.

Do you remember the first time you saw our Thorne Miniature Rooms?These tiny rooms have delighted visitors, big and smal...
12/28/2023

Do you remember the first time you saw our Thorne Miniature Rooms?

These tiny rooms have delighted visitors, big and small, since they first arrived at the Art Institute in the 1940s. Achieved on a scale of one inch to one foot, these 68 precisely rendered miniature rooms evoke historic interiors from across the centuries.

EXPLORE—https://bit.ly/3I9qbOZ

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Chicago-based artist Pope.L. ⁣⁣Known for his groundbreaking performances...
12/27/2023

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Chicago-based artist Pope.L. ⁣

Known for his groundbreaking performances as well as for text-based drawings and paintings that disrupt the conventions of cultural identity and explode traditional artistic categories, Pope.L's “Finnish Painting” is currently on view in Gallery 294.

Retail therapy, anyone? 👗 In 1912 the department store was a relatively new urban institution. "Shop Girls" depicts empl...
12/27/2023

Retail therapy, anyone? 👗 In 1912 the department store was a relatively new urban institution. "Shop Girls" depicts employees as they cut cloth from fabric bolts and ready them for sale.

Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones rendered this modern subject in rapid, open brushwork, paying particular attention to effects of light and atmosphere. Her work of this period often represented women in the modern city: nursemaids at home, women strolling in the park, shoppers, and store clerks.

See "Shop Girls" on view in Gallery 272.

Christmas has come and gone—and we could all use a little quiet time to recuperate. New York street photographer Melanie...
12/26/2023

Christmas has come and gone—and we could all use a little quiet time to recuperate. New York street photographer Melanie Einzig finds a young man in a moment of exhaustion in this 1999 photograph, "Holiday Spirit, Avenue of the Americas."

Wishing everyone a relaxing holiday break! 🌟

Merry Christmas from the Art Institute of Chicago! ⭐Artist Sandro Botticelli conveys the sacred beauty of maternal love ...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from the Art Institute of Chicago! ⭐

Artist Sandro Botticelli conveys the sacred beauty of maternal love in this humanizing yet idealized depiction of the Virgin Mary embracing the baby Jesus. Mary, expression soft and skin luminous, nuzzles her son’s chubby cheek as he grasps the nape of her neck. An angel, smaller in scale, looks on adoringly.

Celebrated in his own time, Botticelli developed a distinctly sentimental and tactile style of painting for both religious and secular subjects. His works mark the culmination of a mystical religious tradition in the art of early Renaissance Florence.

See this painting on view in Gallery 204.

"Confusion of Christmas" (1948) perfectly captures the anxious anticipation of Christmas day. 🎅🎄 In this brilliant, dens...
12/24/2023

"Confusion of Christmas" (1948) perfectly captures the anxious anticipation of Christmas day. 🎅🎄 In this brilliant, densely layered work on paper, Chicago artist Julia Thecla evokes the hectic magic of the holiday season.

Thecla first exhibited in 1931 here at the Art Institute at the International Watercolor Exhibition. Employing a multi-layered application of gouache, she produced a gemlike surface with translucent color effects in this work.

Throughout her career, Thecla created enchanting and mysterious compositions that place her among peers and contemporaries in Chicago surrealists such as Gertrude Abercrombie, Ivan Albright, and Margo Hoff, with whom she was friendly.

The only woman to have exhibited work with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Elizabeth Siddal was an artist made famous fo...
12/23/2023

The only woman to have exhibited work with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Elizabeth Siddal was an artist made famous for embodying the movement's standard of beauty. And yet her own overshadowed work offers a master class on the craft of feeling.

Learn more in the article "Elizabeth Siddal in Her Eyes."

In life, Elizabeth Siddal was an artist made famous for embodying the Pre-Raphaelite standard of beauty, but now, over 160 years after she's passed, it's her death that's remembered most.

Final days! See "Among Friends and Rivals: Caravaggio in Rome" and explore the large dramatic canvases and larger-than-l...
12/22/2023

Final days! See "Among Friends and Rivals: Caravaggio in Rome" and explore the large dramatic canvases and larger-than-life persona of this revolutionary painter.

Caravaggio's work, like his biography, contrasts darkness and light, the sacred and the profane. See two rarely loaned paintings by the artist alongside works from his devoted followers—closing December 31.

TICKETS—https://bit.ly/47U5kw0

Today marks the first day of the winter season! ❄️ A major blizzard hit New York City in 1914, inspiring George Bellows ...
12/21/2023

Today marks the first day of the winter season! ❄️ A major blizzard hit New York City in 1914, inspiring George Bellows to paint "Love of Winter."

In this depiction of an energetic group of skaters and onlookers, Bellows used bright reds, yellows, and greens to intensify the winter scene and broad, slashing brushstrokes to convey movement, wind, and speed.

See "Love of Winter" by George Bellows on view in Gallery 272.

For over 30 years, our beloved lions have spruced up in celebration of the holiday season. ⭐When the Modern Wing first o...
12/20/2023

For over 30 years, our beloved lions have spruced up in celebration of the holiday season. ⭐

When the Modern Wing first opened in 2009, we marked the occasion with festive wreaths designed by contemporary artist Yves Béhar and, the next year, solar-powered wreaths designed by Stephanie and Bruce Tharp.

We are proud to be part of so many families' holiday traditions. 🎁

Fantastical scenes of UFOs, alien abduction, and more surround this vase painted by Keith Haring 🛸👽🏺—with the graffiti p...
12/19/2023

Fantastical scenes of UFOs, alien abduction, and more surround this vase painted by Keith Haring 🛸👽🏺—with the graffiti pop artist's signature pulsating lines, in one of his first forays into three-dimensional work.

Haring and Dan Friedman became close friends and collaborators in the early 1980s. The pair pursued many shared themes in their work, such as combinations of so-called primitive motifs and high-tech imagery as well as political issues including the AIDS crisis and South African apartheid.

During a visit to a local supply store, Friedman suggested that Haring purchase and decorate a monumental fiberglass vase. Haring created the vase for Friedman, who featured the object in many photographs of his customized apartment.

See this work by Keith Haring on view in "Dan Friedman: Stay Radical," presenting over 50 works in the first museum retrospective devoted to Friedman's extraordinary and under-appreciated career.

LEARN MORE—https://bit.ly/3KJ24tn

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of artist Richard Hunt. A towering figure in the history of contemporary ...
12/18/2023

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of artist Richard Hunt. A towering figure in the history of contemporary sculpture, his work is the product of his remarkable vision, his integrity and humanity, and his tireless work ethic.

We are honored to have his extraordinary sculpture—"Hero Construction" (1958)—grace our Grand Staircase in a privileged location at the museum.

'Tis the season! Celebrate the holidays with a visit to the Art Institute—free for kids under 14 and Chicago teens under...
12/18/2023

'Tis the season! Celebrate the holidays with a visit to the Art Institute—free for kids under 14 and Chicago teens under 18.

Visit artic.edu/holidays for a calendar brimming with holiday events, including:

• Chicago Sinfonietta
• Meagan McNeal
• The Seldoms
• Holiday art making
• Gallery conversations
• Special exhibitions
• And more!

"Picasso: Drawing from Life" offers an intimate look at the famous artist's most important relationships through his com...
12/17/2023

"Picasso: Drawing from Life" offers an intimate look at the famous artist's most important relationships through his compelling prints and drawings.

Explore over 60 rarely exhibited works on paper spanning every season of Picasso's dynamic life.

TICKETS—https://bit.ly/3ZRpPGa

📣 NOW OPEN—"Radical Clay: Contemporary Women Artists from Japan"See the stunning, virtuosic work of 36 contemporary cera...
12/16/2023

📣 NOW OPEN—"Radical Clay: Contemporary Women Artists from Japan"

See the stunning, virtuosic work of 36 contemporary ceramic artists. Explore the explosion of innovative and technically ambitious compositions by these artists since 1970, showcasing the inventiveness and variety of their work.

LEARN MORE—https://bit.ly/3sZ1n9H

Oscar Wilde said, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." Instagram's Art But Make It Sports () tackles the...
12/15/2023

Oscar Wilde said, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." Instagram's Art But Make It Sports () tackles the subject with artistic perfection in these side-by-side masterpieces of synchronicity.

Get your head in the game and see why Caravaggio was in a league of his own. "Among Friends and Rivals: Caravaggio in Rome" closes December 31: https://bit.ly/47U5kw0

The artist Camille Claudel devoted her remarkable yet tragic life to sculpting the human figure.In this Highlights featu...
12/14/2023

The artist Camille Claudel devoted her remarkable yet tragic life to sculpting the human figure.

In this Highlights feature—"The Body Speaks"—we look at how other artists have translated the language of the body through gesture and style.

HIGHLIGHTS—https://bit.ly/3Rnr11s

Cue the lights. 💡 The woman in this painting cuts a glamorous profile, but it is really light itself that is the star of...
12/13/2023

Cue the lights. 💡 The woman in this painting cuts a glamorous profile, but it is really light itself that is the star of this work by American artist Fernand Lungren. In an article from the archives, we shed light on this underappreciated artist.

Read "Fernand Lungren, Illuminated—'In the Café' and the City of Lights": https://bit.ly/3Rw3LhS

"I often think when I finish a piece: if I presented this in front of my grandfathers, what would they think? That is wh...
12/12/2023

"I often think when I finish a piece: if I presented this in front of my grandfathers, what would they think? That is where my heart is."

Learn more about the Tlingit artist's work in his own words. And see James Johnson in person at the Art Institute this Thursday and Friday. (These events are free with registration. Learn more at artic.edu/events)

There is no word for "art" in the Tlingit Language.

Seeing is believing? Not so fast! The term 'trompe l'oeil' describes art that is intended to make the person looking at ...
12/11/2023

Seeing is believing? Not so fast! The term 'trompe l'oeil' describes art that is intended to make the person looking at it think that it is a real object.

This incredibly realistic work is a collaboration between flower painter Adrien van der Spelt and artist Frans van Mieris, who contributed the shimmering curtain. The two Dutch artists joined the Leiden painters' guild within a day of each other in 1658, the same year this picture was made.

Van der Spelt’s splendid garland displays about 20 floral varieties—including a tulip, a 16th-century import from Persia that would eventually become an icon of Dutch culture. Examples of collaborative works by Dutch artists from this period are rare, perhaps due to the intense competition created by the region’s thriving art market.

See "Trompe-l’Oeil Still Life with a Flower Garland and a Curtain" on view in Gallery 212.

Who wore it best? Someone is looking very regal in his holiday wreath plushy. (His name is Kai. 🐱)Delight your nearest a...
12/10/2023

Who wore it best? Someone is looking very regal in his holiday wreath plushy. (His name is Kai. 🐱)

Delight your nearest and dearest with their own lion plushy and wreath among other holiday gifts—onsite or online—at the Museum Shop.

Shop at shop.artic.edu

(Purchase online by December 15 for delivery before Christmas day.)

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