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Master Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago

Introduction by Douglas Druick

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This is the newest edition of the Art Institute’s most popular collection book. First issued in 1983, it has sold over 100,000 copies. The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the most important museums in North America, with a broad representation of world art. This book focuses on some of the museum public’s favorite works—150 paintings from Europe and the Americas ranging from the 15th to the early 21st century. The quality and variety of the selection in this book reflect the range of the Art Institute’s holdings. Each work is illustrated in color and accompanied by a lively and informative entry.

This updated volume includes five major new acquisitions by Ludovico Carraci, Kazimir Malevich, Thomas Hart Benton, Eldzier Cortor, and Robert Rauschenberg. Many of the text entries for the objects featured in the previous edition have been refreshed and updated to include new research. Celebrated works from the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection (including such iconic images as Caillebotte’s Paris—A Rainy Day, Lautrec’s At the Moulin Rouge, Renoir’s Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando, Seurat’s Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884, Van Gogh’s Bedroom, and works by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, and more) are featured alongside paintings by important Old Master artists like Correggio, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt, Fragonard, and Goya. Other highlights include paintings by 18th- and 19th-century American artists (those who established themselves in the nascent nation, such as Copley, Stuart, Cole, Church, Homer, Eakins, Remington, and Chase; and those who chose mainly to work abroad, such as Cassatt, Sargent, and Whistler). The Art Institute’s representation of 20th-century art is one of the most comprehensive in the nation. In addition to such signal American works as Hopper’s Nighthawks, Wood’s American Gothic, and De Kooning’s Excavation, the museum boasts outstanding examples of all phases of Picasso’s career, major works by Matisse and other Paris School artists, a particularly strong Surrealist collection, and contemporary works by Kelly, Lichtenstein, and Twombly.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2013 
11 × 11 in.; 168 pages; 151 color illustrations
Hardcover ISBN 978-0-300-19188-2