And so it begins. Today marks the first official day of winter and according to the Farmers' Almanac, above average snowfall is predicted for Chicago. To prepare you for the inclement weather, we wanted to take a minute to share The Winter Sun by George Gardner Symons.
Symons was familiar with midwestern winters—he grew up in Chicago and attended the School of the Art Institute. He traveled extensively in pursuit of his artistic subjects and he especially enjoyed the challenges of depicting wintry landscapes. And inspired by the Impressionist technique of painting en plein air, he largely completed his works outside in the elements.
We’re taking heart not only in his brand of toughness, but also the color palette he uses to depict snow. Rather than shades of white, brown, or gray that city dwellers are quite familiar with, Symons used a palette of pink, orange, grayish-purple, and even aqua to convey the play of the sun across the snowy landscape.
Image Credit: George Gardner Symons. The Winter Sun, c. 1909. Friends of American Art Collection.
25 min 30 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago Mary Cassatt was the only American artist to exhibit with the original Impressionist group. This sensitive portrayal of a mother and child reflects the most advanced 19th-century ideas about raising children. Scientists and physicians of the day encouraged mothers (instead of wet nurses and nannies) to care for their children and to include regular bathing in their hygiene practices to prevent disease. #5WomenArtists
See three paintings by Mary Cassatt now on view: http://bit.ly/2nl9Z68
Image: [Now on view in Gallery 273] Mary Cassatt. The Child's Bath, 1893. Robert A. Waller Fund.
4 hours 30 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago APRIL 21—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
Check out the new exhibition Go with special tours and late-night access. And catch live performances by Monakr and Mano.
Must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.