The Art Institute of Chicago has a small gallery dedicated to American Folk Art. I was thrilled to see this unexpected bevy of fine examples of my favorite things.
This chair made my heart go pitter patter!
Wonderful patina on this sweet, diminutive chest!
An eagle by Wilhem Schimmel, the itinerant wood carver from Pennsylvania, whose pieces are sought after by collectors. The addition of polychrome paint gives this guy an extra bit of pizzaz.
This lady was, by far, my favorite. She is a maidenhead from the bow of a ship. Love the hair!
This is a group of portraits of one family. It was difficult to capture them...they are unlike any portraits of this era I have seen.
They have big eyes...
and their bodies are out of proportion with their heads...
bu there is something very charming, very naive about them, The original frames are gorgeous.
This is a small collection of American folk art, but I am always happy to feast my eyes, and nourish my soul with even a small selection of this primitive art form.
Enjoy the day,