We are in Chicago now. What an impressive city. The city’s tycoons bought all the best European art of the late 19th century and donated it to the city’s institutions. Going to the museum is like opening the pages of an art textbook. Stunning.
The above are just pics from my iPod.
We have some more quality shots that I will upload soon.
Tomorrow, a return to the majestic downtown area of this extraordinary city.
I had the lake perch. Nice, but not as good as walleye.
Miller’s was established in 1935. Our greeter appeared to have been employed on Day One.
The above Monet is superb. It’s richness dissolves into a clever scumble at close quarters.
Also showing was a huge collection of Soviet war propaganda.
Notable was the caricature of Hitler. Incredibly consistent and immediately recognisable, yet quite different from all western representations of the man.
Also fascinating was the attempt of propagandists to empathise with Hitler’s dilemmas and uncertainties. The propagandists were fascinated to show what was going on in Hitler’s head. The external events of the war were largely subordinated to that purpose.
Thus Hitler was a man, though evil, still subject to a recognisable range of human emotions. He was no monster in these depictions.
This runs counter to my expectations about totalitarian art.