Sunday, January 8, 2012

My Visit to National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

National Gallery of Art



While visiting Mat's family in Washington, D.C., we ventured out to the  National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I was thrilled by the collection of Van Gogh paintings in the gallery.

I am next to Vincent Van Gogh's painting. 
The Olive Orchard
1989
oil on canvas

Women tend the trees in the olive grove.

Close up of Van Gogh's brush strokes.

 Van Gogh 
La Mousmé
1888
oil on canvas

Van Gogh told his brother that a "Mousme is a Japanese girl."
He made several drawings before painting La Mousmé.



Van Gogh 
Girl in White
1890
oil on canvas


Close up of  Girl in Whites hands.

 Van Gogh
Roulin's Baby
1888
oil on canvas
Van Gogh painted the Roulin family several times, especially baby Marcelle Roulin. He painted her five times.

 Baby Marcelle grabbing his hand. I wonder why the baby is wearing a ring.

Van Gogh's collection includes seven of his paintings, but only these were on view. 

I was also excited to see Pablo Picasso's original paintings.
 Pablo Picasso
Classified Head
1922
oil on canvas

 Pablo Picasso
Madame Picasso
1923
oil on linen

 Pablo Picasso
The Tragedy
1903
oil on wood
The blue period.


 Claude Monet
The House of Parliament, sunset
1903
oil on canvas

Claude Monet
Rouen Cathedral, West Facade, Sunlight
1894
oil on canvas



 Henri Matisse
La Coiffure
1901
oil on canvas
Jackson Pollock
Number 1 Lavender Mix
1950
oil, enamel, and aluminum on canvas
I stared at this painting for fifteen minutes. I was lost in it.



Jackson Pollock
Number 7
1951
enamel on canvas

 I see a human face meshed into a camel's face:P

Auguste Renoir
Odalisque
1870
oil on canvas
I cant imagine how long the details of the clothes took.

Eugène Boudin
The Beach at Villerville
1864
oil on canvas
Eugène Boudin was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outside. What I really liked about this painting is the sky. The colors of the sky are so beautiful.

Chuck Close
Fanny/Fingerpainting
1985
oil on canvas
I had to capture this image because when I passed by it the first time I thought it was a photograph and nothing more,but then when I passed by it again, I noticed that it was not. This is a large-scale photo realistic painting. This artist is severely paralyzed, but yet he does not let anything get in the way to do what he loves.


Louis-Leopold Boilly
A Painter's Studio
1800
oil on canvas
This painting captured my eye because the painting has many objects, but yet the composition intrigues the eye. The light source and the shadowing also fascinated me.

The details in this painting are incredible.

 Circle Of Jacques-Louis David
Portrait of a Young Women in White
1798
Oil on canvas

The flash of the camera cannot capture the beauty of this painting. This painting remains beautiful even with the lines of age.


The gesture of her hands are gentle and smooth. 
Even though you can capture everything with a camera, a realistic painting is still more intriguing. 


 The walk way to the east building was covered with fascinating lights.




 
 Realistic Hands

There are other amazing paintings in the gallery by Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Edourd Vuillard, Camille Pissarro, and many more.

The photos below were taken from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

This is one of the oldest known artist's palettes that was used to paint in the caves.


 These are some of the earliest sculptures that were found thousands of years ago. Its a horse and a figure of a women.

 I had an amazing experience viewing many creative pieces. If you ever get a chance I certainly recommend you visit the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. (Its free)

Thanks for viewing;O)


1 comment:

miz katie said...

Oooh! I visited this gallery many years ago. Nice to see it hasn't changed all that much. It's still as lovely as it ever was.

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