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From that Art Institute show, notes curator Gloria Groom, the museum’s chair of European painting and sculpture, the Union League Club paid $500 for “Apple Trees in Blossom (1872),” making it the first Chicago institution to collect Monet (the Palmers had already purchased 20 of his canvases). A favorite of the artist himself, it still hangs in the downtown power haunt, in a stairwell for members to admire, except not at the moment, because it is down the street.

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