Monday, April 13, 2020

"Road Block"

9 x 12"
oil on panel

Back in 1977, I was 16 years old and was taking Saturday classes on figure drawing at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago.  I lived in the burbs, took the train downtown to the city, walked about five blocks to class which was on the back side of the museum and when class was over, I walked into the museum and spent the rest of the afternoon sitting and sketching people looking at art.  After a couple of years doing that, the paintings were like old friends.  I knew a lot of them well.  Especially Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte.

The Art Institute bought it in 1964 for an undisclosed price.  Although the world had not yet recognized the Caillebotte's talent, the curator knew what she was looking at.  Most of Caillebotte's works are privately owned by his family, this painting is one of the few in public collections. So I always felt lucky to visit my friend.  

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