This book for children and adults of all ages features the life of Georges Seurat, who, at the remarkably young age of 31, made his most famous painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884 (1884–86). Long a favorite work of visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago, it has resided in the museum since 1926. Seurat and "La Grande Jatte" is illustrated with the artist’s work as well as with the art he learned from, including ancient Egyptian sculpture and French Impressionist painting. The book shows us how the young painter prepared himself to execute this monumental composition, which shows over 40 Parisians spending leisure time in an island park on the outskirts of the city: he developed his remarkable "colored dot" technique and made many pencil and oil sketches of the work’s various elements. In clear and engaging language, children’s-book writer Robert Burleigh artfully explains many aspects of this complex painting and suggests ways of considering its fascinating mysteries. Seurat and the Making of "La Grande Jatte" was chosen as a 2005 Orbis Pictus Honor Book.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2004 9 1/4 x 12 1/4 in.; 32 pages; 21 color illustrations ISBN 0-8109-4811-7
10 hours 45 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Otis Kaye incorporated currency into a series of works as a commentary on the close relationship between art and commerce. Heart of the Matter shows a torn-up representation of Rembrandt’s Aristotle with a Bust of Homer with a stack of cash hanging from its center. The painting was purchased at the time for a record-breaking price. Kaye sought to critique the commercialism at the “heart” of the art world while paying tribute the great artists who make it possible.
See our new acquisition—Otis Kaye's Heart of the Matter—on view in Gallery 262.
15 hours 26 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—To Build a Modern Campus: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1939–1948
Former Bauhaus director Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began designing the IIT campus mere months after arriving in Chicago. To Build a Modern Campus examines both the project’s exemplary expression of modern technology and the social struggle of those displaced by its construction.
2 days 18 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago "We still live in a country where only tragedy teaches us the names of invisible men."
Chicago Reader visits Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem, on view through August 28.