Cast of Characters:3 Chicago Painters
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Self-ish Subject
Lost in Space
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3 Chicago Painters
Gertrude Abercrombie, Emil Armin, and Julia Thecla were artists who lived and worked in Chicago from the 1930s to the 1970s. There are many works of art by these three artists in the collection of the Illinois State Museum. Their art is an example of the artistic life of the City of Chicago in the twentieth century. 

Each of the three artists had a unique style. We will explore their styles by looking at three of their paintings as we explore three different themes. 

  • Self-ish Subject is a theme about self-portraits. How do artists see themselves? Can viewers catch a glimpse of their personality by studying their self-portrait? 
  • Lost in Space is a theme based on the way in which artists use the concept of space in their work. 
  • The World is a Stage theme uses the theatrical stage as a metaphor for pictorial space.
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