On my last day in Chicago I spent all morning at the Art Institute of Chicago, the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Several people have told me it is a must see when you come to Chicago and they were right. The museum has over 300,000 permanent collections of art works from modern art, classical art to chinese, japanese expositions. I spent most of my time in the Impressionism area, observing paintings from Van Gogh to Seurat.
Before I visited the museum I had researched which paintings or artworks I wanted to see because I knew that the museum would be too big to cover in 1 day. I’m glad I picked the areas I wanted to see first as I became restless after 2 hours of walking from one room to the next. I could’ve rested at their onsite cafe and buy food and drinks but, I didn’t want to waste my day and spend it all at the museum. Therefore, I kept going until I saw everything that I wanted to see on my list.
What helped guide me through the museum and learning about each artwork was this app called Art Institute. It maps out each floor of the museum plus indicating which artwork has an audio. I managed to learn a lot more of the artworks through this app and was a great resource for techniques and its history behind the work.
The coolest painting that I thought was A Sunday at La Grande Jatte by George Seurat. I liked the technique of the painting with the tiny dots as you get closer to it. I thought it was pretty interesting.
Lastly, the Nighthawks by Edward Hopper is another favorite painting of mine because of its moody and eerie feeling. Oddly, I saw a recent article from New York Times that used this same painting to depict the mood of our current state relating to COVID-19; a somber and unstable situation we are in.