|Walking towards the facade of the Art Institute with its iconic lions last Saturday morning.|
|Famous painting: "Paris Street; Rainy Day" by Gustave Caillebotte.|
|Even more famous: "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat|
|Renoir: "Fruits of the Midi." I love the eggplant and peppers in this still life.|
|Special exhibit: "Gauguin, Artist as Alchemist." A fabulous collection of his art, including works in wood, ceramics, oil,|
and other media. His works from Paris, Brittany, Provence, and the South Pacific were all included.
|Ceramic vase in the foreground, and a painting of the same vase on the wall. The exhibit had a number of illustrative examples of how Gauguin often explored the same image in multiple media.|
|The Art Institute seen from the Willis Tower, 103 stories up and at least 1/2 mile away.|
|Souvenirs: a magnet of the lions out front, and a magnet of one of the|
paintings from the Gauguin exhibit.