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American Art

1983.821 Georgia Okeeffe Sky Above Clouds
Georgia O’Keeffe. Sky above Clouds IV, 1965. Restricted gift of the Paul and Gabriella Rosenbaum Foundation; gift of Georgia O’Keeffe.

As Chicago is the quintessential American city, it is only fitting that the Department of American Art features an outstanding collection—with over 1,000 paintings and sculptures from the 18th century to 1950 and nearly 2,500 decorative art objects from the 17th century to present. Strengths include over 400 works of modern art from the Alfred Stieglitz Collection given to the museum by Georgia O’Keeffe, significant works by Frederic Remington and George Inness, notable furniture and silver from the colonial period through the modern era, and one the world’s finest selections of American folk art. In addition to important and iconic paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Grant Wood, and Edward Hopper, the collection contains works by Diego Rivera, Gabriel Orozco, Rufino Tamayo, and other distinguished Latin American artists.

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