Mesmerizing beauty of The Art Institute of Chicago

~ Milica Puric ~


The Art Institute of Chicago – one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States

Chicago downtown is one of the most beautiful places in America. It is famous for its architecture, tall skyscrapers whose tops disappear into the clouds, for wide, decorated avenues, luxurious restaurants, beautiful Millennium Park, Chicago Riverwalk, The Bean, Buckingham Fountain… The beauty is everywhere… 


Downtown Chicago – at the corner of Adams Street and Michigan Avenue the famous The Art Institute of Chicago is located

But one of the most sensational places is The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. The Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879 and located in Chicago’s Grant Park. It is recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors: the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million guests annually! Its collection, stewarded by 11 curatorial departments, is encyclopedic and includes iconic works such as Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic.


As a research institution, the Art Institute also has a conservation and conservation science department, five conservation laboratories, and one of the largest art history and architecture libraries in the country—the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries.


Hundred of hundred people every day visit famous Art Institute of Chicago

“Located in the heart of Chicago, just a block from Lake Michigan and adjacent to Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute is composed of eight buildings and covers nearly one million square feet. Our eleven curatorial departments and over 500 employees not only care for our illustrious permanent collection but also present 30 special exhibitions and hundreds of gallery talks, lectures, performances, and events every year”, says James Rondeau,
President and Eloise W. Martin Director.


Inside of the Art Institute of Chicago – in the middle is painting ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ painted in 1884 – one of Georges Seurat’s most famous works, and is an example of pointillism.

The collection of the Art Institute of Chicago encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world and contains more than 300,000 works of art and 11 curatorial departments.


‘Paris Street; Rainy Day’, 1877 oil painting by the French artist Gustave Caillebotte

The museum has works of diverse art epochs, ranging from early Japanese prints to the art of the Byzantine Empire to contemporary American art.


‘Self-portrait’, Vincent van Gogh, 1887

It is majorly known for one of the United States’ finest collection of paintings produced in Wour culture. Chicagoans are very proud of this world-famous museum and for the right reasons.


 ‘The Bedroom’, Vincent van Gogh, 1887

The museum contains famous paintings of the biggest names in the art, such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Seurat, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly, Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, and many others.


‘At the Moulin Rouge’, 1892-95 (oil on canvas), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The Art Institute is open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. General admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the year.5-water-lily-pond-1917-19-claude-monet

‘Water Lily Pond’, 1917-19, Claude Monet


Jackson Pollock’s “Number 17A” (1948)


‘Excavation’, 1950,  Willem de Kooning


Untitled, 1948 -1949, Willem de Kooning, oil and enamel on paper


Lee Bontecou untitled [eye sculpture],1960, welded steel and canvas


‘Ooh… Allright’, Roy Lichtenstein, 1964


‘Artist’s Studio Foot Medication’, 1974, Roy Lichtenstein 


‘Brilliant yellow’, 1964-65, Jo Baer


 ‘Liz’, 1963, Andy Warhol


‘Twelwe Jackies’, 1964, Andy Warhol


 Self portret, 1964, Andy Warhol


 ‘Mona Lisa Four Times’, 1978, Andy Warhol


‘Sky Above Clouds’ IV, 1965 (oil/canvas, 96 x 288″), Georgia O’Keeffe

 ‘Mr. Pointy’, 2011, Takashi Murakami


‘Early Sunday Morning’, 1930, Edward Hopper


 ‘American Gothic’, 1930, Grant Wood


Contemporary part of Art Institute of Chicago

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2 thoughts on “Mesmerizing beauty of The Art Institute of Chicago

    1. Milica Puric Post author

      Hi MO and thank you for your post!!!
      Yes, the Art Institute of Chicago is the one of the best museum in entire America. So many masterpieces, so many wonderful works and so many geniuses at one place. This is the place everyone should visit at least one time!!!


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