Kathryn Kremnitzer, Research Associate in the Department of European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute, discusses Monet and Chicago, the first exhibition to explore Chicago’s pioneering connection to the great Impressionist artist. During his lifetime, Chicago was the American city that most aggressively acquired his work, with enthusiastic collectors like Bertha Palmer and Martin A. Ryerson leading the way. The Art Institute was the first American museum to give Monet a solo exhibition (1895) and the first to purchase one of his paintings (1903). Today the museum’s 33 paintings and 13 drawings by Monet constitute the largest collection of works by the artist outside of Paris. Among the more than 70 paintings in the exhibition—from the Art Institute’s exemplary holdings and esteemed Chicago-based collections—are beloved major works as well as rarely seen still lifes, figural scenes, seascapes, and landscapes. Spanning his long career, from youthful caricatures to his last splendid waterlilies, the exhibition offers a comprehensive view of Chicago’s early and ongoing relationship to the artist and a better understanding of his working methods.
Kathryn joined the Art Institute staff in October 2018 and received her PhD in Art History from Columbia University in May 2020. She is a contributing author to the Monet and Chicago catalogue and part of the curatorial team at work on several forthcoming 19th-century French painting exhibitions.
Wednesday, June 10
12 noon EDT | 11am CDT | 9am PDT
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