Day 14: Visit the Art Institute of Chicago

September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

My parents are in town, so today we decided to check out the Art Institute of Chicago. I knew that it was a world renowned museum, but had no idea how many famous pieces it held, including the following:

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat

After seeing it in person, I can honestly say it far passes its competitors – The Simpsons version, , and the Nintendo version,.

The Bedroom by Vincent van Gogh

This was painted from inside an insane asylum, shortly after van Gogh cut off his own ear and gave it as a gift to a woman he loved.

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

The default wallpaper of my Mac came to life right before my eyes!

American Gothic by Grant Wood

Common Misconception: The couple in this painting are not husband and wife, but are actually father and daughter. I’m sorry for presenting this revelation to those of you who considered this painting romantic and sexually charged.

Time Transfixed by René Magritte

Just your typical train-in-the-fireplace modern art. The actual French-to-English translation of the title is “Ongoing Time Stabbed by a Dagger.”

The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso

Seeing this in person made me realize what a poor rendering the poster version was that hung in my room for so many years. That old man has crazy long fingers and a double-jointed neck. If I saw him playing guitar on the street I would definitely drop some change in his guitar case.

I could spend another two days in that museum and not see everything. Free museum entry on Thursday evenings is a good excuse to go back!

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