Before we board the Grande Mariner, a trip to the famed Chicago Art Institute
The Art Institute lions are a Chicago icon.
Carol enjoys the Art Institute fountain as we wait to go in.
First painting: A monochrome self portrait by my favorite, Joseph Wright of Derby.
Late 19th C salon art: Jean Baptiste Huet's "A Caravan"
How Napoleon turned his back on the revolution: Gerard's engraving of Napoleon le Grande.
The great French portraitist David also portrayed Napoleon as emperor.
I love this huge ornate (and useless) vase.
model of sculptor Antione-Augustin Preault's "Le Silence" (original in Pierre La Chaise cemetery)
Early work of Swiss artist Henry Fuseli, "Oath of the Rutli". Fuseli later moved to England and became a leading Gothic artist.
Fuseli's "Milton Dictating to His Daughter" (Milton was then blind.)
Jules Breton's 1884 masterpiece, "Song of the Lark"
John Constable's 1836 pastoral, "Stoke by Nayland"
More salon art: Henry Levy's 1870 "Death of Orpheus"
The height of salon art: William Adolphe Bouguereau's 1884, "The Bathers"
Jean Leon Gerome was the leading traditionalist salon artist. This is his 1876 "Chariot Race".
Jules Joseph Lefebvre's 1874 "Odalisque" -- another popular, and pretty salacious, theme of salon artists
Auguste Rodin was the progenitor of modern sculpture. This is his rendering of writer, Honore Balzac
Claude Monet's 1877 impressionist: "Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare"
Georges Pierre Seurat's 1884 pointillist painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"
Vincent van Gogh's 1886/7 "Self Portrait"
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's "At the Moulin Rouge," 1892/5
Left: William Turner's "Fishing Boats with Hucksters Bargaining for Fish," 1837/38. Right: Inset showing a very early steamship in the distance.
Auguste Rodin: "Eve after the Fall," 1886
Claude Monet's 1906 "Water Lilies"
Auguste Rodin: "Eternal Springtime"
Now we're in modern art. This is a not-yet--labeled painting is probably by Jackson Pollock.
Andy Warhol's Elizabeth Taylor
A typical room in the modern art wing
Jeff Koon's capricious 1988 sculpture, "Woman in a Tub."
Another Jeff Koons -- his 1988 gilded mirror, titled, "Christ and the Lamb"
Another room in the modern art wing featuring ...
... David Hockney, "American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman)," 1968
Roy Lichtenstein's 1960 painting, "Ohhh Alright," sold for $46 million in 2005!
A special favorite of mine is Pablo Picasso's 1903: "The Old Guitarist"
Picasso's "Head of a Woman, Summer 1909"
Picasso's 1931, "The Red Armchair"
Robert Delauney: "Champs de Mars: The Red Tower," 1911/23
Paul Klee: "In the Magic Mirror, 1934"
Constantin Brancousi: "Golden Bird, 1919/20"
Rene Magrite: "The Treachery of Images." (After all, this is not a pipe, it is only the image of one.)
Rene Magritte: "On the Threshold of Liberty," Feb-March, 1937
One of a gazillion skinny figures by Giacometti.