especially Memling, deeply influenced Wood.
I must admit that I've never been very fond of this picture. It was flanked by 2 very fine pictures by Charles Sheeler that I wish now I had photographed.
written about it extensively before.
the more famous version in the National Gallery in London. This enigmatic painting supposedly shows Spartan girls taunting the boys and enticing them to wrestle. In the painting in London, which Degas revised repeatedly throughout his life and never really finished, the girls and boys are a lot less classical looking and look much more modern, like 19th century street kids.
This is only a small sample of what is there in the second largest encyclopedic museum in the United States.
I first visited the Art Institute when I was still in Art school sometime around 1979 to 1980. I traveled to Chicago twice with my painting class from Kansas City. We set out early in the morning and drove in 3 cars straight through Iowa and northern Illinois to Chicago arriving at night. My painting prof at the time was a Chicago native Ron Slowinski who took us through the Art Institute and around the town to see the architecture. I remember one year we visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House and then went across the street to the Oriental Institute on the campus of the University of Chicago. We also visited Wright's home and studio out in Oak Park as well as the Field Museum.
The Art Institute has changed a lot since that time, but it brought back very fond memories of Ron Slowinski and those trips. I saw a lot of paintings this time that I haven't seen in many years.