The paintings of Claude Monet caused a stir among gallerists and collectors in Chicago from their first appearance in the city, in a group exhibition in 1888. Over the course of the next two decades Chicagoan tastemakers would come to embrace the French Impressionist as the epitome of aesthetic modernity. This exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago – which hosted the artist’s first solo museum show in the US in 1895 – is the first to focus on the connection between the painter and the city. It includes more than 70 paintings, drawn from the holdings of the Art Institute as well as a number of Chicago-based private collections; together they span Monet’s career from early landscapes to water lilies at Giverny. Find out more from the Art Institute’s website.
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