i've been craving a trip to Paris, so as a substitute I decided to spend some time with the Impressionists at the Art Institute. Although not an Illinois resident, the museum is offering free admission until Feb. 13, 2013 to those who can show an ID. The Impressionist collection is very "impressive", although it lacks Manet, there are a great number of Renoir's paintings, which pleases me. There were groups of children being mentored in front of one of the most famous and largest acquisitions, the Seurat "Sunday Afternoon on Le Grande Jatte", but the rooms are large enough that one can contemplate the paintings in relative peace. Be sure to look closely at the self portrait of Van Gogh. The colors, the intensity. Didn't have much time to spend, so for variety, I went down and viewed the collection of black and white photos that evoked a recent American past. Very worthwhile.
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