“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad.”
— Claude Monet
On September 5, 2020, the Art Institute of Chicago debuted their Monet in Chicago exhibition in the Regenstein Hall to the public. Featuring 33 paintings and 13 drawings by the French impressionist, the exhibition was an immediate hit but was then forced to close in November due to the second wave of the pandemic.
The museum then reopened on Thursday, February 11 and extended Monet and Chicago and Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibitions through to June 14 instead of the original dates of September 5, 2020 – January 18, 2021.
Now that closing date approaches fast and this weekend represents the last chance to go and see the acclaimed exhibition.
"Monet and Chicago" celebrates a story 100 years in the making. Featuring more than 70 paintings and rarely-seen works, this exhibition traces the city's century-long connection to iconic Impressionist Claude Monet.
(Advance tickets are required) pic.twitter.com/n1jUA8qdFt
— The Art Institute of Chicago (@artinstitutechi) October 20, 2020
Chicago’s first taste of the artwork of Claude Monet was back in 1888 when a collection of his paintings were showcased in a gallery. Critics instantly fell for the impressionist’s work.
10 years later, the Art Institute of Chicago would host 20 Works by Claude Monet, the painter’s first solo exhibition in the United States. Thereafter, the Art Institute purchased a Monet painting, making them the first American museum to buy one of his works.
With the contribution of a number of outside donors, the Art Institute has amassed an impressive Monet collection, with 33 original paintings and 13 drawings.
Monet and Chicago was worth the wait, worth the membership, worth the day off … even worth the crowd experience. pic.twitter.com/2gOFBdHh2Q
— Chris “Please Get Vaccinated” Dobbertean (@ChrisDobbertean) June 4, 2021
“Among the more than 70 paintings in the exhibition—from the Art Institute’s exemplary holdings and esteemed Chicago-based collections—are beloved major works as well as rarely seen still lifes, figural scenes, seascapes, and landscapes, spanning his long career from early caricatures made at Le Havre to the last splendid canvases inspired by his garden and water lily pond at Giverny,” the Art Institute has written on their website.
“Monet and Chicago also benefits from new art-historical research and in-depth scientific study of his materials and techniques and offers an opportunity to look more closely at the artist’s oeuvre through our ever-advancing understanding of his creative process.”
Tickets for Monet and Chicago cost $7 in addition to general admission.
If you’re unable to make it before it closes on Monday, June 14, here is a handy virtual walk-through:
"Monet and Chicago" closes this Monday, June 14!
Experience the highly acclaimed exhibition in this virtual tour led by Gloria Groom, chair and curator of Painting and Sculpture of Europe.https://t.co/Oi7cccMFht
— The Art Institute of Chicago (@artinstitutechi) June 9, 2021
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