For Chinese painters, images of plants and animals could convey human aspirations, seasonal themes, or—through visual puns or rebuses—wishes for well-being and good fortune. The 17th- and 18th-century handscrolls in this rotation may have shared some literary or cultural allusions, but they nonetheless reflected very different artistic traditions and clienteles, whether by a professional artist for a commercial patron or as a birthday gift for a member of the educated elite. The focused exhibition also features several round, handled fans of the type made for wealthy and fashionable men and women of 19th-century Shanghai.
Shen Kai. Geese on a Riverbank, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 1750. Avery Brundage Fund.
8 hours 27 min 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.
12 hours 32 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.