People view paintings of water lillies in the new exhibit “Monet and Chicago” on Sept. 10, 2020 as it opens at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune) Claude Monet, in his long and productive life, never came to Chicago. Yet there was an unmistakable bond between the French impressionist, painter of haystacks, and the Second City, “Stacker of Wheat” in Carl Sandburg’s famous poetic description.
That connection expressed itself in Chicago exhibiting Monet early and often and, more important for the present moment, in its monied class being avant-garde enough to purchase his canvases.
That legacy of […]