I spent the afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago, which is really quite remarkable. Not just for the collection they have (most notably Impressionist paintings, but a massively wide range), but how it's laid out and presented. The interior design of the place is as nurturing as the art.
(Side note digression: Terrific as the Art Institute was, mostly the the day was so wonderful because of getting to wear my Cubs cap officially in Chicago – and see Wrigley Field as I passed by on the El.(
One of the (many) things I like about the museum when wandering is when you come across work by an artist that is so out of they different from paintings he or she is best known for. I posted a lovely, seaside work here last year by Vincent Van Gogh, for example, that looked like it could be a New England view by Andrew Wyeth.
Another one caught my eye then, as well, and I tracked it down again. It's "The Girl by the Window," painted by Edward Munch, best know for the hugely-well-known, "The Scream" (also known as Chris Dunn's Favorite Painting). As horrifyingly angst-ridden and vibrant as that one is, this is just as equally genteel, though I do think you can see his style and coloring in it, if you know it's by Munch. But I don't think you'd guess it without knowing first.
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