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Famous Impressionist Paintings Return to Chicago

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The Impressionist paintings have come back to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Many of the Impressionist paintings traveled to a Texas museum for several months while the Art Institute renovated its galleries. That included putting the works in chronological order and intermingling decorative arts with paintings. Gloria Groom is the museum’s curator of 19th century European paintings.

GROOM: These spaces are more intimate. They do not have the huge cove ceilings with daylight. They have kind of a lower light. They’re closer, you’ll get closer to the paintings than you ever have been

Groom says the staff sighed with relief when the giant Seurat painting called “A Sunday on La Grand Jatte” was safely installed. The renovated galleries open to the public today.

I’m Lynette Kalsnes, Chicago Public Radio.

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