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Chicago: Monet and Chicago Exhibit

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 note: The recent reopening of the exhibit means visitors will have a second chance to see the Monet and Chicago exhibition, which was originally scheduled to close on January 18. The exhibition has been extended until June 14, according to the Art Institute of Chicago. (0)

The 46 works in the exhibition from Monet’s career created an awe-inspiring experience. I have seen many of these works in books, but when I saw them in person, it confirmed Monet’s amazing painting skills. The exhibition seemed familiar to me, but I had the feeling that these works were genuine, not stamped postcards, printed books or tote bags. (1)

Chicago got its first taste of Monet’s work in 1888, when a collection of his paintings was exhibited in the gallery. The Art Institute acquired Monet’s paintings, making it the first American museum to buy one of his works. The Rainstone Hall also houses Monet’s Chicago exhibition of 33 paintings and 13 drawings by the artist. (7)

The Art Institute of Chicago has the largest collection of works by Claude Monet outside Paris. From September 2020 thru June 2021, the collection will be doubled with the opening of a new special exhibition “Claude Monet and Chicago.” (4)

The Art Institute of Chicago recently unveiled the new exhibition of Monet and Chicago, which will run from September 5, 2020 to June 14, 2021. The exhibition explores Chicago’s unique relationship with Monet. It is an impressive collection that presents the exemplary holdings of the Art Institute from the prestigious collection in Chicago. After seeing the exhibition, The Pursuitist presents the five most important reasons to see Monet & Chicago at the Art Institute. (2)

The research for the exhibition culminated in a digital catalog of Monet’s paintings and drawings from the Art Institute of Chicago and scholarly works published on the Internet in 2014. The catalog examines Monet’s work in the light of the erudition of art historians and scientific studies of his techniques and materials. Claude Monet (1840-1926) attracted over a million visitors from all over the world. In Paris there is a large collection of his works. (8)

Seventy paintings are exhibited at the AIC in Monet and Chicago. The exhibition is organized by Gloria Groom. Groom, along with David and Mary Winton Green, is the curator of painting and sculpture in Europe for the museum. (8)

It has the largest collection of his works outside Paris and in 1895 was the first museum in the United States to present an exhibition of the artist’s paintings. With 68 paintings and 14 works on paper, it is the museum’s sixth solo exhibition dedicated to Monet and the first to deepen impressionist ties to Paris. The exhibition documents 125 years of exhibitions and acquisitions of Monet’s works in the museum, as well as the attention that important Chicago collectors such as Bertha Potter Palmer have paid to the artist since the 1880s and 1890s. (10)

The largest public collection of Monet’s paintings is thirty-three in Paris, but it has been Monet’s Chicago home since the days of the Art Institute a hundred years ago. The current show documents why Monet was so popular with Chicago collectors, why his works were sold all over America, and why Bertha Palmer, who owned ninety of Monet’s works, was so popular there. Monet’s work, from the Cliff Walk in Pourville (1882) to the poppy fields in Giverny (1890), has the joyous intensity of a sunny summer’s day we dream of in late October or early June. The special exhibition begins with twenty works by the artist in 1895 and continues with Monet’s 1840s, 1926 and 1995. (6)

In 1888, Monet’s paintings were exhibited in Chicago, where the Art Institute built up its collection of priceless Impressionist paintings. Monet, who is known for his paintings of stacked wheat, water and pond lily in the current exhibition, stunned Chicago with his artworks. (1)

When Monet’s paintings first appeared in his contemporary galleries in Chicago in 1888, he was praised by the press. When his paintings were exhibited in Chicago in 1890 at the city’s last intergovernmental industrial exhibition, the American Salon, they not only caught the attention of local collectors, but sparked a collective passion. (3)

In 1891, Martin A. Ryerson, who would later serve as trustee and eventually vice president of the Art Institute, bought his first of many paintings by Monet. In the same year, Bertha Potter Palmer acquired 20 paintings by Monet, including several from the series “Stacks of Wheat,” a fraction of the 90 paintings she would own. (3)

More than a century later, a 1995 Claude Monet retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago proved so popular that people flooded the Tribune with classified ads looking for tickets to the show. Monet’s “Plen-Air,” a study of light dancing over a field of colorful mist, was admired by Chicagoans when it was exhibited in the city in 1888. But, as the art critic Steve Johnson of the Tribunes points out, Monet was never in Chicago. (12)

After the famous Chicago fire of 1871, the city rebuilt, embraced and acquired Monet’s work. This is the first exhibit to trace the artist’s connection to the city he called his home. Room by room, prepare yourself for the riches of Monet’s Chicago. (2)

It was this unabashed American self-centeredness that prevented Monet from setting foot in the United States, as if our Americanism were not enough to keep his paintings out of North America. French Impressionist art first landed in Chicago in 1888 at the Thurber Art Gallery, and the works on display there by Monet were considered some of the best. To pay tribute to Monet and ask himself how he is involved in the history of Chicago’s art scene, the Art Institute of Chicago has named its current Monet exhibition “Monet and Chicago.” In fact, Monet owes much to the city of Chicago, but the museum owes just as much to Monet himself. (5)

Few artists in history have achieved such lasting and almost universal recognition as Claude Monet. The paintings of French Impressionism occupy a top place in museum exhibitions and showcases, which always attract large crowds. The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the institutions in France that is most closely associated with Monet. (10)

It is the same attraction that drew millions of visitors to the Monet retrospective at the Art Institute in 1995, and that continues to draw crowds to the gallery today. It is not hard to see what inspired this dedication and passion among the early collectors of Chicago. (11)

 

 

 

Sources:

(0): https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/01/26/art-institute-to-reopen-feb-11-will-extend-monet-and-chicago-through-june/

(1): https://uhighmidway.com/8854/arts/monet-and-chicago-a-surprising-worthwhile-exhibit-for-all/

(2): https://pursuitist.com/top-5-reasons-to-see-monet-and-chicago-at-the-art-institute/

(3): https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/9036/monet-and-chicago

(4): https://www.choosechicago.com/blog/museums/monet-and-chicago-exhibit-art-institute/

(5): https://chicagomaroon.com/article/2021/3/3/chicago-love-letter-claude-monet-monet-chicago/

(6): https://art.newcity.com/2020/12/28/seen-enough-monet-yet-a-review-of-monet-and-chicago-at-the-art-institute/

(7): https://secretchicago.com/the-art-institute-reopening/

(8): https://inthegardencity.com/2020/09/12/exhibit-monet-and-chicago-opens-at-the-art-institute/

(9): https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g35805-d103239-r774874425-The_Art_Institute_of_Chicago-Chicago_Illinois.html

(10): https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/9/1/21406130/monet-art-institute-new-exhibit-chicago-collectors-windy-city-impressionism

(11): https://www.themagnificentmile.com/explore/listing/monet-and-chicago-1

(12): https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-chicago-became-monet-destination-180975796/