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.
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.
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.