Friday, October 4, 2013

Subs & Renoir

Mr. MW has wanted to see this German sub since he read the book "Shadow Divers" by Robert Kurson. When we heard our group would be going to Chicago...well, it was his "to do" pick of the trip. Annie and I busied ourselves reading about this amazing vessel and it's journey to Chicago while Daddy toured the sub. He could not believe how small it was inside!

Housed at the The Museum of Science and Industry, this wing of the museum was actually built around the sub. It is a well executed exhibit....remarkable.

This is the Enigma code machine that was on the sub when captured by the American Navy during WWII. I was fascinated by this little machine because my father was a cryptographer for the NSA. I guess the intrigue that comes with secret codes is genetic! This was the real prize...not the sub...but they were determined to bring the sub back, and they did.

Thursday, we visited the Art Institute of pick of the trip. I was excited to get to see

American Gothic by Grant Woods...such an iconic American painting. 

And this ten foot masterpiece...Sunday Georges Seurat. 

Dots of paint...that's how he painted this stunning work of art, with dots.

It is truly amazing!

But the painting that blew me away was "Two Sisters", by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

I knew this painting from books, but the colors, well, a book cannot capture the beautiful colors.

You can get very close to the art here...close enough to see the brush strokes and the blends.

I, literally, could not take my eyes off this masterpiece. I am a bit of an art nerd, and have been fortunate enough to see some amazing Winged Victory and the Mona Lisa...but this beauty is the most beautiful piece of art I have ever seen...and it lives right here, in America, in the city of Chicago. 

I was also amazed by the Folk Art wing...wonderful! I'll take you there another day.

Enjoy the day,


  1. Hi Robyn,
    What a wonderful adventure your husband got to go on visiting that sub at the museum - oh it has been years since we have been there and we are only an hour away.
    Mona Lisa...what an honor.
    Robyn the picture of Annie with the picture is priceless. Love it.

  2. Ok, this is all really cool. So fascinating! And the colors in that Renoir -- even on my screen, they are gorgeous!

  3. That Renoir painting is so beautiful and you captured the vibrant colors very well. You really packed a lot in this trip to Chicago. I'm glad that your husband got to see the sub. It does look quite small.

    Love that American Gothic painting. Being a farmer, I'm a bit partial I guess. It's so nice that Annie is part of all this loveliness.

    I'm looking forward to more pictures.Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I hope that you have a lovely October weekend.

  4. Your photos are beautiful, I love those colors. Bet the original is breathe taking!
    Looking forward to seeing the folk art. Would you believe I have never been in art museum?
    I haven't just history ones. Something to look forward to!
    I loved the sub photos, and will have to show those to my Sweetie!
    Have a great weekend!

  5. What fun it must have been. Thanks for sharing such wonderful pics of all the pieces.

  6. I have been catching up on your recent posts. What a great trip you are having. You are seeing some wonderful things. The art museum pics are amazing, the colors. Thanks for taking me along!

  7. That Renoir is breathtaking! Such a beautiful work of art. I'd love to see American Gothic :) It just makes a person smile. Were you as surprised as me when you first saw the size of the Mona Lisa?
    Hugs :)

  8. I'm so glad you are visiting Chicago...It's my kind of town... not to mention HOME..and I never get tired of going back. There is always something new to see. Enjoy!

  9. I have really enjoyed your pictures from Chicago, especially the museums, as I haven't visited there in years. Thanks for sharing.