William Merritt Chase, Myra Reynolds, late 19th century, Oil on canvas, 45 1/2 × 33 1/2 in.
Gilded Chicago: Portraits of an Era explores how the resurgence of portraiture manifested itself in Chicago during the Gilded Age. The exhibition includes ten paintings of prominent Chicago citizens that were commissioned during the late 19th and early 20th centuries with familiar last names such as McCormick, Field, Pullman, and Nickerson. The portraits hang in the Gallery on the Museum’s first floor, the same room where the Nickerson family originally displayed their art collection which was donated to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1900.
(Photo © 2018 courtesy of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago.)