One of the things I love most about living in Washington DC, is the access to some of the best museums in the country (p.s. most are free!). The National Gallery of Art is one of my favorites. The museum has a wide range of art in their permanent collection; European paintings & sculpture ranging from the 15th-18th century, American masters dating back to colonial times and Modern art featuring Matisse, Calder, Pollack, Rothko, and many more. There is no way you can see and take in all of it just one visit so my recommendation is to choose either the East or West building to start and return another day to view the rest. Also keep in mind that the gallery offers programs for children, lectures, concerts, and tours and most are complementary!
Recently, I visited the East Building which is home to two current exhibitions, Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals and Gauguin: Maker of Myth and some of my favorite modern/contemporary art from the permanent collection including work by Chuck Close, Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, Alexander Calder and Henri Matisse. Both current exhibitions were great. The detail that was captured by Canaletto & his rivals of 18th century Venice is extraordinary and I enjoyed the vivid color & abstraction that Gauguin used to document his travels to the South Seas.
Next time I’ll head to the West Building to view the Sculpture galleries and paintings from the European & American collections.
Have you been to the gallery? What was your favorite piece of art?