Monet and Chicago
The first exhibition to explore Chicago’s pioneering connection to the “Father of Impressionism” brings together more than 65 paintings—from the Art Institute’s holdings and esteemed Chicago-based collections—including beloved major works as well as rarely seen still lifes, figural scenes, seascapes, and landscapes. During Monet’s lifetime, Chicago was the American city that most aggressively acquired his work, with enthusiastic patrons such as Berthe Honoré Palmer and Martin A. Ryerson leading the efforts. In 1903 the Art Institute became the first American institution to purchase one of Monet’s paintings, and today the museum’s 33 paintings and 13 drawings by the artist constitute the largest Monet collection outside of Paris. Monet and Chicago explores Chicago’s continuing relationship with the artist, and offers an opportunity to look more closely at the artist’s oeuvre through new art-historical research and an in-depth scientific study of Monet’s materials and techniques.