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Intimate Modernity

Art Institute / Chicago / Art

After the tidal wave of Impressionism, the late 19th century saw a new generation of French artists coming to prominence. Art critics called them Initimists, because the group was characterized both by its close-knit circle and its portrayal of interior scenes and private interactions. As opposed to the large-scale landscapes and city gardens of the Impressionists, the Intimists went small-scale and domestic. The work in this exhibition—intended to be displayed in private residences—provides a glimpse into the mysteries of life behind doors during the fin de siècle. —E.C.

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