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Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

In 1866, a group of 35 artists founded the Chicago Academy of Design in a studio on Dearborn Street, with the intent to run a free school with its own art gallery. The organization was modeled after European art academies, such as the Royal Academy, with Academicians and Associate Academicians. The Academy's charter was granted in March 1867. When the Great Chicago Fire destroyed the building in 1871 the Academy was thrown into debt. Attempts to continue despite the loss by using rented facilities failed. By 1878, the Academy was $10,000 in debt. Members tried to rescue the ailing institution by making deals with local businessmen, before some finally abandoned it in 1879 to found a new organization, named the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. When the Chicago Academy of Design went bankrupt the same year, the new Chicago Academy of Fine Arts bought its assets at auction. In 1882, the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts changed its name to the current Art Institute of Chicago and elected as its first president the banker and philanthropist Charles L. Hutchinson. 

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South Michigan Avenue, 111, Chicago
Exhibitions
Museum's collection
Edward Hopper. Nighthawks
140
Edward Hopper
1942, 84.1×152.4 cm
Gustave Caillebotte. Paris. Rainy day
84
Gustave Caillebotte
1877, 212×276 cm
David Hockney. Sunday morning
2
David Hockney
1983, 116×184 cm
Grant Wood. American Gothic
48
Grant Wood
1930, 78×65.3 cm
Pablo Picasso. Old guitar player
53
Pablo Picasso
1904, 123×83 cm
Georges Seurat. Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte
39
Georges Seurat
1886, 207.5×308.1 cm
Balthus (Balthasar Klossovsky de Rola). Girl with Cat
2
Balthus (Balthasar Klossovsky de Rola)
1937, 87.6×77.5 cm
Claude Monet. The Japanese bridge (Bridge over a pond with water lilies)
15
Claude Monet
1900, 89.8×90.1 cm
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Jean Renoir sewing
3
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1900, 55×46 cm
Alberto Giacometti. Walking man II
7
Alberto Giacometti
1960, 188×27.9×111.7 cm
Claude Monet. Norway, Sandviken village in the snow
5
Claude Monet
1895, 73.4×92.5 cm
Claude Monet. The walk to the cliff in Purvile
16
Claude Monet
1882, 66.5×82.3 cm
Henri Matisse. Lorette with Cup of coffee
8
Henri Matisse
1917, 57.8×40 cm
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the Moulin Rouge
16
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
1895, 123×140 cm
Edouard Manet. Horse race in Longchamp
5
Edouard Manet
1864, 44×84 cm
Edgar Degas. Four studies of a jockey
7
Edgar Degas
1866, 45×35.1 cm
David Hockney. American collectors
9
David Hockney
1968, 213×304 cm
Egon Schiele. Portrait of a Russian prisoner of war Grigori's Clarisol
7
Egon Schiele
1916
Jackson Pollock. The grey rainbow
8
Jackson Pollock
1953, 182.9×244.2 cm
Henri Fantin-Latour. Portrait Of Edouard Manet
8
Henri Fantin-Latour
1867, 117.5×90 cm
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