Thursday, September 19, 2013

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Inside the Gallery
So this post is well over due. Over the summer I had the privilege of going to the National Gallery of Art, in Washington D.C. Let me just say, Wow! What an amazing space, it is huge. Unfortunately I did not have the whole day to explore but the reality is you need two days, then go away let the information settle and then  come back for another day. I saw some amazing art, works that I never thought I would see.  Three Rothko's this trip, Vermeer's, Van Gogh, set. I also went to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery that same day, another amazing space. It houses the portrait gallery as well as the Smithsonian Museum of Art.
 If you are ever in Washington, please take the time to visit the museums, there are so many choices, not just for art. A great city to learn something new, and explore
Photos below.

One of the Many impressive
entrances to the gallery
A Brief History of The National Gallery
The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon (1855–1937). Mellon was a financier and art collector from Pittsburgh who came to Washington in 1921 to serve as secretary of the treasury. During his years of public service he came to believe that the United States should have a national art museum equal to those of other great nations.
In 1936 Mellon wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt offering to donate his superb art collection for a new museum and to use his own funds to construct a building for its use. With the president’s support, Congress accepted Mellon’s gift, which included a sizable endowment, and established the National Gallery of Art in March 1937. Construction began that year at a site on the National Mall along Constitution Avenue between Fourth and Seventh Street NW, near the foot of Capitol Hill.
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Diana and a Hound by Paul Manship

Went to the Edvard Munch exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Edgar Degas

The Capitoline Wolf Suckling Romulus and Remus and unknown (couldn't find title or artist)

Hound and Hunter by Winslow Homer and Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl by James McNeill Whistler
Wind from the Sea by Andrew Wyeth 
A Lady Writing by Johannes Vermeer
Woman Holding a Balance by Johannes Vermeer

Te Pape Nave Nave (Delectable Waters) by Paul Gauguin and Four Dancers by Edgar Degas

Isoult by Edward McCartan

( far right)Untitled, 1969 and No. 5, 1964 by Mark Rothko and  Fanny/Finger-painting and Nat by Chuck Close

Self Portrait 18189 by Vincent Van Gogh and Me!
Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art

I went on a pilgrimage to find one of Louise Bourgeois' Spider sculptures.
I think I can die happy now!

Spider, 1996, cast 1997. bronze with silver nitrate patina by louise bougeois

 Personnage Gothique, Oiseau-Eclair ( gothic personage, bird-flash) 1974, cast 1977 bronze by Joan Miro and Graft, 2008-2009, stainless steal and concrete by Roxy Paine

Thinker on a Rock, 1997, cast bronze, by Barry Flanagan

National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian Art Gallery

100 Pounds of Rice by Saeri Kiritani and Pocahontas (circa 1595-1617) Unidentified artist, after the 1616 engraving by Simon van de Passe

 Sculpture by Antony Gormley and Drift Wood Horse by Heather Jansch and Sound Suit by Nick Cave 

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