Tag: Art Institute Chicago

Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando by Renoir

Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando by Renoir

What’s the story with Renoir’s Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando?

  • Truth about his real acrobat models
  • What oranges represent
  • Darkness lurking nearby

Amédée David the Comte de Pastoret by Ingres

Amédée David the Comte de Pastoret by Ingres

What’s the story behind this Count’s smug mug?

  • Son of a revolutionary lady
  • The challenge of Amédée David the Comte de Pastoret
  • Bad reputation and Legion of Honor
  • Symbols vs. substance

Madame de Pastoret and Her Son – Jacques Louis David

Madame de Pastoret and Her Son – Jacques Louis David

Table of Contents for art blog on Madame de Pastoret and Her Son:

  • Aristocrats vs. revolutionaries
  • Symbols in Madame de Pastoret and Her Son
  • Working mothers of the French Revolution
  • Prison, exile, and a missing needle

American Gothic by Grant Wood

American Gothic by Grant Wood

In this art blog post about American Gothic by Grant Wood, I discuss:

  • The surprising history behind America’s most recognizable painting.
  • The character of, and characters in, American Gothic.
  • Burning Frequently Asked Questions, like “How much is American Gothic worth?”

Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist

Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist

Guido Reni’s famous for 17th century Italian frescos of 17th century. But here’s his masterpiece – Salome with the Head of St. John the Baptist. It captures a Bible story with a singular image.

Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

Paris Street; Rainy Day gives us a slice of life. It’s an unromantic, realistic painting during peak Impressionism. At the same time it captures 19th century Paris with a fresh allure.

Approaching Storm by Eugène Boudin

Approaching Storm by Eugène Boudin

Nature versus Man whips like wind through the painting Approaching Storm. Eugène Boudin often painted the moneyed and middle class. Their fancy finery struck a wry contrast with Mother Nature.