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Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is an encyclopedic art museum located in Chicago's Grant Park. It features a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. Its holdings also include American art, Old Masters, European and American decorative arts, Asian art, modern and contemporary art, and architecture and industrial and graphic design. In addition, it houses the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries.

Paris: A Rainy Day

Paris: A Rainy Day is a large 1877 oil painting by the French artist Gustave Caillebotte. It is one of Caillebotte's best known works. The piece depicts the Place de Dublin, known in 1877 as the Carrefour de Moscou, a road intersection to the east of the Gare Saint-Lazare in north Paris. It debuted at the Third Impressionist Exhibition of 1877 and is currently owned by the Art Institute of Chicago.

American Gothic

American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood's inspiration came from what is now known as the American Gothic House, and his decision to paint the house along with "the kind of people I fancied should live in that house." The painting shows a farmer standing beside his spinster daughter. The figures were modeled by the artist's sister and their dentist.

The Crucifixion

De Zurbarán’s depiction of the Crucifixion housed at the Art Institute of Chicago immediately captivates the viewer upon entrance to the gallery. Given the large scale of the painting, the viewer must stand back from the piece and gaze upward in order to take it all in, as one imagines onlookers at the time may have stood to look up at Jesus of Nazareth as he hung on the cross. In his naturalistic portrayal of the crucified Christ, de Zurbarán has given us an accurate rendering of the human form with head hanging limp and muscles visible under a white, draping cloth.

The Child's Bath

The Child's Bath (or The Bath) is an 1893 oil painting by American artist Mary Cassatt. The subject matter and the overhead perspective were inspired by Japanese woodblocks. It shows dignity in motherhood and has a style similar to that of Degas.

The Art Institute of Chicago acquired the piece in 1910. It has since become one of the most popular pieces in the museum.