Public art is huge in Chicago. It's everywhere, all the time. So even though it was November, I knew that I had to get as much art in when my best friend told me that she wanted to see and do everything in Chicago that I loved and enjoyed myself.
Of course the Art Institute was on the menu, but I was thrilled when I realized she would be here the very week the Chagall Windows, or America Windows, would be re-installed! After poking around other parts of Chicago, and getting a little shopping in, we headed to the AIC to take a look at the windows and a few other favorite pieces in the museum.
Here they are!
The color in the room that they are now installed is so intense and I can understand why so many places wanted Chagall windows of their own. From Wikipedia:
According to Picasso's mistress, Françoise Gilot, Picasso had a great deal of respect for Chagall, and once told her,
Stand in that room, or in front of anything else Chagall made, and you will know that what Picasso said was true."When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color is... His canvases are really painted, not just tossed together. Some of the last things he's done in Vence convince me that there's never been anybody since Renoir who has the feeling for light that Chagall has."
Chagall dedicated the windows, which commemorate the American bicentennial, to Mayor Richard J. Daley after completing Four Seasons, a Chicago sculpture that was met with much enthusiasm by Chicagoans. Even though this piece was done in an entirely different medium, the windows remind me much of Four Seasons.
After the windows we had time to check out my favorite pieces by Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Monet and others. I'll share all of those with you guys later.
Today I am linking up with my good friend JR at Frugality is Free