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Incredible collection at Art Institute of Chicago, part 1

Self-Portrait, Vincent Van Gogh, 1887; admission to the museum is $25 (unless you buy the City Pass) and art fans could easily spend an entire day enjoying the vast collection

Self-Portrait, Vincent Van Gogh, 1887; admission to the museum is $25 (unless you buy the City Pass) and art fans could easily spend an entire day enjoying the vast collection

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884, Georges Seurat, 1884; one of the most famous paintings in the world (and one of my favorites) is absolutely huge at roughly 10 ft by 7 ft

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884, Georges Seurat, 1884; one of the most famous paintings in the world (and one of my favorites) is absolutely huge at roughly 10 ft by 7 ft

Shot Orange Marilyn, Andy Warhol, 1964; the Andy Warhol Museum in his native city of Pittsburgh is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist

Shot Orange Marilyn, Andy Warhol, 1964; the Andy Warhol Museum in his native city of Pittsburgh is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist

Small Town by Day, Georg Scholz, 1923; a work I really liked by an artist I'd never heard of, Scholz populated an idyllic German town with a cast of sordid characters

Small Town by Day, Georg Scholz, 1923; a work I really liked by an artist I'd never heard of, Scholz populated an idyllic German town with a cast of sordid characters

Woman with Dog, Katharina Fritsch, 2004; her work is known for its ability both to capture the popular imagination by its immediate appeal and to be a focal point for the specialized discussions of the contemporary art world

Woman with Dog, Katharina Fritsch, 2004; her work is known for its ability both to capture the popular imagination by its immediate appeal and to be a focal point for the specialized discussions of the contemporary art world

Spanish Dancer, Natalia Goncharova, 1920s; the artist was commissioned to design sets and costumes for a ballet company that was touring in Spain

Spanish Dancer, Natalia Goncharova, 1920s; the artist was commissioned to design sets and costumes for a ballet company that was touring in Spain

Untitled, Keith Haring, 1981; the artist, whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s, was only 31 when he died of AIDS

Untitled, Keith Haring, 1981; the artist, whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s, was only 31 when he died of AIDS

The Bedroom, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; the three versions of this composition are the only record Van Gogh made of the interior of the Yellow House, where he lived while in Arles

The Bedroom, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; the three versions of this composition are the only record Van Gogh made of the interior of the Yellow House, where he lived while in Arles

Alphabet, Jasper Johns, 1959; the artist had worked with stencils of alphabet letters since the 1950s, yet this is his only painting that shows a single sequence of letters from A to Z

Alphabet, Jasper Johns, 1959; the artist had worked with stencils of alphabet letters since the 1950s, yet this is his only painting that shows a single sequence of letters from A to Z

Woman in Tub, Jeff Koons, 1988; his works have sold for record auction prices by a living artist: $58.4 million for Balloon Dog (Orange) in 2013 and $91.1 million for Rabbit in 2019

Woman in Tub, Jeff Koons, 1988; his works have sold for record auction prices by a living artist: $58.4 million for Balloon Dog (Orange) in 2013 and $91.1 million for Rabbit in 2019

Two Sisters (on the Terrace), Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881; Renoir's paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions

Two Sisters (on the Terrace), Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881; Renoir's paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions

Young Clergyman Reading, Martinus Rorbye, 1836; I see an exceptional work like this by an artist and wonder why I'd never come across him before

Young Clergyman Reading, Martinus Rorbye, 1836; I see an exceptional work like this by an artist and wonder why I'd never come across him before

Portrait of the Architect Isidro Gonzalez Velazquez, Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes, 1821; immensely successful in his lifetime, Goya is often referred to as both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns

Portrait of the Architect Isidro Gonzalez Velazquez, Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes, 1821; immensely successful in his lifetime, Goya is often referred to as both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns

Vase, George Woodall, 1885; the museum's collection of European decorative arts includes some 25,000 objects of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, glass, enamel, and ivory from 1100 AD to the present day

Vase, George Woodall, 1885; the museum's collection of European decorative arts includes some 25,000 objects of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, glass, enamel, and ivory from 1100 AD to the present day

Paris Street, Rainy Day, Gustave Caillebotte, 1877; this large painting was another of my favorites and has been described as the great picture of urban life in the late 19th century

Paris Street, Rainy Day, Gustave Caillebotte, 1877; this large painting was another of my favorites and has been described as the great picture of urban life in the late 19th century

Fishing Boats with Hucksters Bargaining for Fish, Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1838; a child prodigy, Turner studied at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1789, enrolling when he was 14, and exhibited his first work there at 15

Fishing Boats with Hucksters Bargaining for Fish, Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1838; a child prodigy, Turner studied at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1789, enrolling when he was 14, and exhibited his first work there at 15

View of Genoa, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1834; it was amazing to have room after room of masterpieces where any one would be the standout piece in a lesser museum

View of Genoa, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1834; it was amazing to have room after room of masterpieces where any one would be the standout piece in a lesser museum

Elephant Candelabrum Vase, Sevres, 1758; this was my first visit to Chicago in 20  years yet I didn't think the city had changed much in my absence

Elephant Candelabrum Vase, Sevres, 1758; this was my first visit to Chicago in 20+ years yet I didn't think the city had changed much in my absence

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