American Art

American Art

Washington, D.C. – June 27, 2009

The National Gallery of Art is like two museums in one.  The old, main building contains older, more classical art.  One of the first things visitors encounter is the Mercury Fountain.  In addition, there are many fine works by some of the most renowned artists in the world.

The sign at the main building.
The Mercury Fountain.
Portrait of Ginevra Benci by Leonardo da Vinci (1474-1478).
The Adoration of the Magi by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1478/1482).
Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet by Garofalo (c. 1520/1525).
A water fountain at the National Gallery of Art.
Hillary and Chris posing at the east end of the main building.
Hillary and Chris outside the main building.

In retrospect, I must say the East Building is my favorite part of the museum.  That building houses mostly all modern art.  Even the building itself is spectacular.  Its sharp lines really contrast with nature.

The knife-edge of the east building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The atrium of the east building.
Taking a step back in time…
Their best Ferris Bueller’s Day Off immitation at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
A sculpture in the east building.
Jack-in-Pulpit Abstraction – No. 5 by Georgia O’Keefe (1930).
Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. 3 by Georgia O’Keefe (1930).
Color Panels for a Large Wall by Ellsworth Kelly (1978).
Capricorn by Max Ernst (1964).

I really enjoyed seeing some of Picasso’s work, especially since we have been assigned to Madrid as our first post.  I think I was struck the most by his painting, The Tragedy, painted in 1903.  It is not the type of painting that comes to my mind when I think of Picasso.

The Tragedy by Pablo Picasso (1903).
The building where I interviewed for my job with the Department of State.
The Metro Blue Line, Washington, D.C.

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