Field Trip to the Art Institute of Chicago Prints and Drawings Room

23 Jun

bellows-dance-at-the-insane-asylumGeorge Bellows, Dance at the Insane Asylum (c. 1922-23)

pd7George Bellows, Heavy Lies the Head That Wears a Brain (c. 1922-23)

Note: click on any image to enlarge

It’s been a busy week or so on the art front here in Chicago.  On Saturday, June 14, an intrepid group of art fans toured the Art Institute of Chicago with a particular focus on the modern American collection.  We had a great time!  Then, on Thursday June 19, a different group of art fans visited the Art Institute’s  prints and drawings room for a private viewing of prints, drawings and watercolors pre-selected by yours truly.  I’m posting the works we viewed as well as a photo of our group (minus myself – I was the one taking the photo!) in the prints and drawings room.

pd6In the Prints and Drawings Room of the Art Institute of Chicago

As you can see, I placed a fairly heavy emphasis on the Ashcan School and its progeny — John Sloan, William Glackens, George Luks, George Bellows, Edward Hopper and Reginald Marsh.  Because they’re irresistible I also selected some works of Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent.  Everything was spectacular and, as you can see, the access we were given was amazing — in a class by itself.  Many thanks to the wonderful staff of the prints and drawings room of the Art Institute of Chicago.

pd10Reginald Marsh, Knights of the Road (1936)

pd11Reginald Marsh, Railroad Yards With New York Skyline (1932)

rm1Reginald Marsh, Summer in New York (1938)

While I loved it all, I think the group would agree that Bellows’ Dance at the Insane Asylum and Heavy Lies the Head That Wears a Brain made a particular impact.  Edward Hopper’s watercolors were marvelous in their brooding intensity and Mary Cassatt’s aquatints were beautifully delicate and evocative of Japanese prints.  There was an almost effortless looseness in the landscapes of Sargent and Luks.  Sloan and Glackens made the homespun seem exotic, as always, and Monet was out of this world, as one would expect.

We will be doing this again very soon.  Thanks to everyone who attended (you know who you are!) and thanks again to the terrific Art Institute staff.  What a great way to start the summer!

pd3John Sloan, Bachelor Girl (1915)

pd8William Glackens, We All Three Hugged and Kissed Each Other and Cried (not dated)

gl1William Glackens, He Knelt Beside Constance’s Bed (1904)

luks1George Luks, Landscape and Town (not dated)

pd5Edward Hopper, Gloucester Mansions (1923)

pd4Edward Hopper, Interior (1925)

cm1Claude Monet, Cliffs and Sea, Saint-Adresse (1865)

pd1John Singer Sargent, Olive Trees, Corfu (not dated)

pd2John Singer Sargent, An Artist at His Easel (1914)

mc1Mary Cassatt, title unknown

mc2Mary Cassatt, title unknown

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