While in Chicago we had about two hours to tour the Art Institute of Chicago. Though they currently have a Picasso exhibit, we decided we didn't have time to see that as well as the rest of the museum.
We chose the rest of the museum and it did not disappoint.
There were many impressionist pieces in the permanent collection and they were displayed in a showroom bathed in natural light. Yay! Since photographs were allowed, I was able to capture a bit of what I saw that day.
|Two Sisters (On the Terrace) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881. Oil on canvas.|
As always, I am overjoyed when I find paintings of sewers, knitters, embroiderer, lacemakers, etc. And this museum had a good number of them; two were by Renoir.
Renoir had a blue and purple color party in this painting of a young girl sewing...
|Young Girl Sewing by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1879.|
That being said, the preponderance of blue with undertones of violet, helps to bring the girl forward...
The following painting isn't a girl at all but a picture of Renoir's son at age 5 or so sewing. I've read that Renoir liked the color of his son's strawberry blond hair so much that he wouldn't allow him to cut until his son's school required it at age 7.
I remember when Jack was about four, he wanted to stitch so I gave him a hoop, needle and thread. He sat there for an hour or so making big stitches in all different colors.
It was the first and last time he has stitched.
Another portrait of a stitching woman is this one by Jacques Louis-David...
Madame Pastonet and Her Son by Jacque-Louis David, 1791/92. Oil on canvas.
It turns out that this painting isn't quite finished because it's believed that the political views of the artist were in conflict with his patron. Hence there is no needle in Madame's right hand and the background is incomplete.
|Hesitation (Madame Morteaux) by Alfred Stevens, 1867.|
|Shoe Shop by Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones, c. 1911.|
|The Porch by Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones, 1907|