This watercolor was painted by Albert- Francois Fleury in 1903.
This watercolor captures the Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building from the intersection of State and Madison looking southeast, and is signed by the artist Albert Fleury.
This watercolor by the French painter Albert Fleury is a testament to Chicago's rising status at the turn of the 20th century. Fleury came to Chicago in 1888 to paint two large murals for Adler & Sullivan's Auditorium Building and never left the city, painting scenes of modern life and murals, and teaching at the newly founded Art Institute of Chicago. Fleury is considered one of the first artists to render Chicago's bustling commercial and industrial life as "picturesque" landscape subject matter. The subject of this watercolor is the Carson, Pirie, Scott Building designed by renowned Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. This building is considered his masterpiece; a perfect combination of beauty and form, with an ornate iron entrance and interior decoration paired with rows of horizontal, Chicago-style windows that admitted ample light and made merchandise easier to see. In 2007, the building was renamed the Sullivan Center.