When I retired seven years ago I thought I'd go downtown (Chicago) frequently. That hasn't happened -- and certainly not this past year. The lure of TWO terrific exhibits at the Art Institute (and the fact that I've been fully vaccinated, to say nothing of feeling cabin-cribbed and confined) emboldened me. The commuter train was uncrowded.
The Monet exhibit concentrated on paintings acquired by Chicagoans who were early collectors of his work -- Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ryerson, and Annie Swan Coburn.
For more about these collectors: here
It's still hard for me to realize that the Impressionists were considered avant-garde.
This snapshot refers to a prior Monet exhibit. I remembered "Monet in the 90's" which was at both the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Art Institute. Though I lived in Maine at the time I saw that exhibit at AIC when I was in Chicago for the ALA conference. [When I googled to verify the dates I found out that there have been a number of Monet exhibits. He was prolific!]
I also saw some AIC favorites.