Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Favorite Painting

It's a portrait by John Singer Sargent, at the Art Institute of Chicago. It's one of the many beautiful things I saw when I visited there with my St. Louis friend Bonnie on Tuesday. She and her family spent Monday and Tuesday night with us, so Tuesday we went out on the town.

Our beautiful day was slightly marred when we returned to my car after visiting the museum. The parking enforcer had left a ticket on my windshield-not for being illegally parked, but for having tinted windows. The fine is $250, which hurts. So today, I hate the city of Chicago and Richard M. Daley, Mayor.
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opticwalrus said...

That's a beautiful one, but I am absolutely in love with "Madame X." It is so luminous and it's hung at the end of a corridor where it catches my eye and distracts me from all the art in the rooms leading up to it.

So what are you supposed to do - get new windows? Is it possible to untint windows? That's ridiculous.

Kara said...

What's even better is that my windows comply with Illinois law, but the City of Chicago thinks they trump state law. Maybe they think I should be able to switch out my windows in order to go downtown.

Brey Hillary and Baby Leila said...

Ugh! Tinted windows. .that is the silliest ticket by a parking attendent EVER.

Jo Ellen/Toots said...

Beautiful painting! So you don't ever bless the city of Chicago with your tourist dollars again?

Stacy said...

Okay, I could understand $50 for having tinted windows, but not $250. That's crazy! Can you appeal it? I'd assume state law would trump city law.

The painting is gorgeous!