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Incredible collection at Art Institute of Chicago, part 2

Iconic guardians of the Art Institute of Chicago, the lions have stood at the Michigan Avenue entrance since the building’s inaugural year in 1893

Iconic guardians of the Art Institute of Chicago, the lions have stood at the Michigan Avenue entrance since the building’s inaugural year in 1893

Sky Above Clouds IV, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1965; the artist was a student at the Art Institute in 1905 with this monumental work (it's 24 ft by 8 ft) being completed when she was 77

Sky Above Clouds IV, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1965; the artist was a student at the Art Institute in 1905 with this monumental work (it's 24 ft by 8 ft) being completed when she was 77

Woman Bathing Her Feet in a Brook, Camille Pissarro, 1894; so many of these paintings I remember from my art history classes at the University of Houston

Woman Bathing Her Feet in a Brook, Camille Pissarro, 1894; so many of these paintings I remember from my art history classes at the University of Houston

The Basket of Apples, Paul Cezanne, 1893; this painting, one of Cezanne's rare signed works, helped form the bridge from Impressionism to Cubism

The Basket of Apples, Paul Cezanne, 1893; this painting, one of Cezanne's rare signed works, helped form the bridge from Impressionism to Cubism

Portrait of Marevna, Diego Rivera, 1925; early in his career, Rivera enjoyed a brief but sparkling period as a Cubist painter in Europe before returning to Mexico

Portrait of Marevna, Diego Rivera, 1925; early in his career, Rivera enjoyed a brief but sparkling period as a Cubist painter in Europe before returning to Mexico

Cotton Pickers, Thomas Hart Benton, 1945; painted based on notes from a trip to Georgia in the 1920s, Benton held progressive views on race and social relations

Cotton Pickers, Thomas Hart Benton, 1945; painted based on notes from a trip to Georgia in the 1920s, Benton held progressive views on race and social relations

Harvest of Cherries, Robert Spear Dunning, 1866; I loved this piece by the artist more commonly associated with the textile mills of Falls River, Massachusetts

Harvest of Cherries, Robert Spear Dunning, 1866; I loved this piece by the artist more commonly associated with the textile mills of Falls River, Massachusetts

America Windows, Marc Chagall, 1977; these works present an unusual secular theme for Chagall, merging symbols of American history, the Chicago skyline, and the arts

America Windows, Marc Chagall, 1977; these works present an unusual secular theme for Chagall, merging symbols of American history, the Chicago skyline, and the arts

The Key, Jackson Pollock, 1946; this quasi-Surrealist painting was completed the year before Pollock started his celebrated drip paintings

The Key, Jackson Pollock, 1946; this quasi-Surrealist painting was completed the year before Pollock started his celebrated drip paintings

Mother and Child, Pablo Picasso, 1921; in 1917 the artist traveled to Rome and for the next few years painted monumental works inspired by antiquity

Mother and Child, Pablo Picasso, 1921; in 1917 the artist traveled to Rome and for the next few years painted monumental works inspired by antiquity

Golden Bird, Constantin Brancusi, 1920; in 1990, the museum sold 11 works at auction, including paintings by Monet, Picasso and Degas, to raise the $12 million purchase price for this sculpture

Golden Bird, Constantin Brancusi, 1920; in 1990, the museum sold 11 works at auction, including paintings by Monet, Picasso and Degas, to raise the $12 million purchase price for this sculpture

Portrait of Joaneta Obredor, Joan Miro, 1918; this piece predates the artist’s breakthrough in the early 1920s to a style of fantastic, simplified forms, freely and loosely scattered across the surface of his pictures

Portrait of Joaneta Obredor, Joan Miro, 1918; this piece predates the artist’s breakthrough in the early 1920s to a style of fantastic, simplified forms, freely and loosely scattered across the surface of his pictures

The Millinery Shop, Edgar Degas, 1886; the artist had an especially close relationship with Mary Cassatt, even painting her on occasion

The Millinery Shop, Edgar Degas, 1886; the artist had an especially close relationship with Mary Cassatt, even painting her on occasion

Lucie Berard (Child in White), Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1883; a self-taught painter, Renoir would frequent the Louvre which was close to the porcelain factory where he worked and would copy the great works he saw there

Lucie Berard (Child in White), Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1883; a self-taught painter, Renoir would frequent the Louvre which was close to the porcelain factory where he worked and would copy the great works he saw there

Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnieres), Vincent Van Gogh, 1887; the artist painted here with Paul Signac several times and you can see Signac's influence as Van Gogh's palette brightened

Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnieres), Vincent Van Gogh, 1887; the artist painted here with Paul Signac several times and you can see Signac's influence as Van Gogh's palette brightened

Londonderry Vase, 1813; commissioned by Napoleon, this extraordinary vase represents the great achievement of the Sevres porcelain factory during the Napoleonic period

Londonderry Vase, 1813; commissioned by Napoleon, this extraordinary vase represents the great achievement of the Sevres porcelain factory during the Napoleonic period

Slant-Front Desk, Jacques Dubois, 1745; while Dubois did not provide furniture for the French court, he did produce pieces for royalty such as Madame Elisabeth, Louis XV's daughter

Slant-Front Desk, Jacques Dubois, 1745; while Dubois did not provide furniture for the French court, he did produce pieces for royalty such as Madame Elisabeth, Louis XV's daughter

The Church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Michele Marieschi, 1741; to save money I bought the Chicago City Pass which gives you admission to 5 of the city's most popular attractions (some you still needed to reserve in advance)

The Church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Michele Marieschi, 1741; to save money I bought the Chicago City Pass which gives you admission to 5 of the city's most popular attractions (some you still needed to reserve in advance)

Armchair, Thomas Chippendale, 1770; showing his transition to the Neo-Classical style, this chair was likely made for the English royal family

Armchair, Thomas Chippendale, 1770; showing his transition to the Neo-Classical style, this chair was likely made for the English royal family

Kitchen Scene, Diego Velazquez, 1619; the artist painted a number of strikingly naturalistic genre scenes like this one early in his career, before he left his native Seville for Madrid

Kitchen Scene, Diego Velazquez, 1619; the artist painted a number of strikingly naturalistic genre scenes like this one early in his career, before he left his native Seville for Madrid

Old Man with a Gold Chain, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1631; in 1990, thieves got away with 13 pieces of art from the Gardner Museum in Boston, including Rembrandt's Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee; to this day, none of the paintings have been recovered

Old Man with a Gold Chain, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1631; in 1990, thieves got away with 13 pieces of art from the Gardner Museum in Boston, including Rembrandt's Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee; to this day, none of the paintings have been recovered

Table Clock, Andre-Charles Boulle, 1675; the artist became the most famous French cabinetmaker and the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry, also known as inlay

Table Clock, Andre-Charles Boulle, 1675; the artist became the most famous French cabinetmaker and the preeminent artist in the field of marquetry, also known as inlay

Hanging Head Dragonfly Shade on Mosaic and Turtleback Base, Tiffany Studios, 1906; the head of Tiffany's Women's Glass Cutting Department was likely responsible for the design of this shade and base

Hanging Head Dragonfly Shade on Mosaic and Turtleback Base, Tiffany Studios, 1906; the head of Tiffany's Women's Glass Cutting Department was likely responsible for the design of this shade and base

The Herring Net, Winslow Homer, 1885; summers spent visiting New England fishing villages played a huge role in the subject matter of the artist's paintings

The Herring Net, Winslow Homer, 1885; summers spent visiting New England fishing villages played a huge role in the subject matter of the artist's paintings

Library Table, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1896; Wright drew upon the ideas of the English Arts and Crafts movement in formulating his own principles of architecture and design

Library Table, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1896; Wright drew upon the ideas of the English Arts and Crafts movement in formulating his own principles of architecture and design

Portrait of Charles Deering, John Singer Sargent, 1917; although best known for his portraits, Sargent was also an accomplish outdoor painter such as this piece set in Florida

Portrait of Charles Deering, John Singer Sargent, 1917; although best known for his portraits, Sargent was also an accomplish outdoor painter such as this piece set in Florida

Mastiff (Tomb Figurine), Eastern Han Dynasty, China, 25-220 AD; I wonder if the occupant of the tomb had a pet mastiff that he wanted to be buried with (like the Egyptians did)

Mastiff (Tomb Figurine), Eastern Han Dynasty, China, 25-220 AD; I wonder if the occupant of the tomb had a pet mastiff that he wanted to be buried with (like the Egyptians did)

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