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Spectacular National Gallery in DC - pt 1

Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; this work done at the asylum at St.-Rémy, where Van Gogh had committed himself following a mental breakdown, is among the last self-portraits he made

Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; this work done at the asylum at St.-Rémy, where Van Gogh had committed himself following a mental breakdown, is among the last self-portraits he made

The Lighthouse at Honfleur, Georges Seurat, 1886; his meticulous technique of pointillism, less random than Impressionism, enabled Seurat to record appearances more accurately while preserving the fresh, natural qualities he admired in Impressionist works

The Lighthouse at Honfleur, Georges Seurat, 1886; his meticulous technique of pointillism, less random than Impressionism, enabled Seurat to record appearances more accurately while preserving the fresh, natural qualities he admired in Impressionist works

Ginevra de'Benci, Leonardo da Vinci, 1478;  this is the only painting by Leonardo on public view in the Americas; it was purchased for $5 million in 1967 which was an absolute record price at the time

Ginevra de'Benci, Leonardo da Vinci, 1478; this is the only painting by Leonardo on public view in the Americas; it was purchased for $5 million in 1967 which was an absolute record price at the time

Thomas Jefferson, Gilbert Stuart, 1821; in addition to Jefferson, the museum had Stuart portraits of Washington, Adams, Monroe and Madison; Stuart's paintings of Washington, Jefferson, and others have served as models for dozens of U.S. postage stamps

Thomas Jefferson, Gilbert Stuart, 1821; in addition to Jefferson, the museum had Stuart portraits of Washington, Adams, Monroe and Madison; Stuart's paintings of Washington, Jefferson, and others have served as models for dozens of U.S. postage stamps

Allies Day, Childe Hassam, 1917; on Fifth Avenue in NYC, the British, French and American flags were displayed prominently during parades honoring America's allies; the artist dedicated this work to the countries coming together to fight for democracy

Allies Day, Childe Hassam, 1917; on Fifth Avenue in NYC, the British, French and American flags were displayed prominently during parades honoring America's allies; the artist dedicated this work to the countries coming together to fight for democracy

The White Girl (Symphony in White, No. 1), James McNeill Whistler, 1862; the artist attended the US Military Academy at West Point in 1851 before moving to London, where he would spend most of the remainder of his life

The White Girl (Symphony in White, No. 1), James McNeill Whistler, 1862; the artist attended the US Military Academy at West Point in 1851 before moving to London, where he would spend most of the remainder of his life

A Young Girl Reading, Jean-Honore Fragonard, 1770; he was one of the foremost French painters in the Rococo style, which was filled with light colors, asymmetrical designs, and curved, natural forms; the East wing of the museum was closed when I visited

A Young Girl Reading, Jean-Honore Fragonard, 1770; he was one of the foremost French painters in the Rococo style, which was filled with light colors, asymmetrical designs, and curved, natural forms; the East wing of the museum was closed when I visited

AMOR, Robert Indiana, 2006; a play on the artist's famous LOVE sculpture, AMOR made its first appearance on a plaza in Madrid in 2006; it's one of 15 or so works in the Gallery's sculpture garden

AMOR, Robert Indiana, 2006; a play on the artist's famous LOVE sculpture, AMOR made its first appearance on a plaza in Madrid in 2006; it's one of 15 or so works in the Gallery's sculpture garden

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, Paul Cezanne, 1890; as a young man in Paris, Cézanne had learned his art not only from his Impressionist colleagues but also through studying old masters in the Louvre

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, Paul Cezanne, 1890; as a young man in Paris, Cézanne had learned his art not only from his Impressionist colleagues but also through studying old masters in the Louvre

Pont Neuf, Paris, Auguste Renoir, 1872; while his figure paintings are better known, Renoir's landscapes resonate with a vigor and freshness of vision central to the development of Impressionism, most apparent here in his study of the effects of sunlight

Pont Neuf, Paris, Auguste Renoir, 1872; while his figure paintings are better known, Renoir's landscapes resonate with a vigor and freshness of vision central to the development of Impressionism, most apparent here in his study of the effects of sunlight

The Adoration of the Magi, Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi, 1440; among the greatest Florentine paintings in the world, it hung in the Medici Palace in the 1400s; it's unusual to see two masters collaborate on one piece

The Adoration of the Magi, Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi, 1440; among the greatest Florentine paintings in the world, it hung in the Medici Palace in the 1400s; it's unusual to see two masters collaborate on one piece

The Dancing Couple, Jan Steen, 1663; the relative chaos and merry mood of his paintings gave rise to the Dutch saying- to run a household like Jan Steen - meaning to have a disorderly house

The Dancing Couple, Jan Steen, 1663; the relative chaos and merry mood of his paintings gave rise to the Dutch saying- to run a household like Jan Steen - meaning to have a disorderly house

The Maas at Dordrecht, Aelbert Cuyp, 1660; in July 1646, a large Dutch transport fleet carrying 30,000 soldiers gathered at Dordrecht in a show of force by the rebel northern provinces—fighting for independence from the Spanish crown

The Maas at Dordrecht, Aelbert Cuyp, 1660; in July 1646, a large Dutch transport fleet carrying 30,000 soldiers gathered at Dordrecht in a show of force by the rebel northern provinces—fighting for independence from the Spanish crown

Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, JMW Turner, 1834; this painting was a commissioned work which explains why it doesn't have the dark, foreboding colors of a typical Turner painting; I definitely like the brighter colors better

Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, JMW Turner, 1834; this painting was a commissioned work which explains why it doesn't have the dark, foreboding colors of a typical Turner painting; I definitely like the brighter colors better

The Washington Family, Edward Savage, 1796; this work shows George, Martha, a slave and two of Martha's grandchildren (she had 4 children before becoming a widow at 25 and she and George had no children together)

The Washington Family, Edward Savage, 1796; this work shows George, Martha, a slave and two of Martha's grandchildren (she had 4 children before becoming a widow at 25 and she and George had no children together)

Watson and the Shark, John Singleton Copley, 1778; this work depicts the rescue of English boy Brook Watson from a shark attack in Havana, Cuba in 1749; this is the original version of 3 similar paintings

Watson and the Shark, John Singleton Copley, 1778; this work depicts the rescue of English boy Brook Watson from a shark attack in Havana, Cuba in 1749; this is the original version of 3 similar paintings

Shaw Memorial, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1900; acclaimed as the greatest 19th century American sculpture, it commemorates the valiant efforts of Colonel Robert Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts, the first Civil War regiment of African Americans in the North

Shaw Memorial, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1900; acclaimed as the greatest 19th century American sculpture, it commemorates the valiant efforts of Colonel Robert Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts, the first Civil War regiment of African Americans in the North

Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), Winslow Homer, 1876; this piece was exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia; among Homer's finest pieces, it is one of the best-known and most beloved artistic images of life in 19th-century America

Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), Winslow Homer, 1876; this piece was exhibited at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia; among Homer's finest pieces, it is one of the best-known and most beloved artistic images of life in 19th-century America

The Old Violin, William Michael Harnett, 1886; the Old Violin is one of Harnett's most famous paintings; Andrew W. Mellon donated a substantial art collection and funds for construction of the National Gallery

The Old Violin, William Michael Harnett, 1886; the Old Violin is one of Harnett's most famous paintings; Andrew W. Mellon donated a substantial art collection and funds for construction of the National Gallery

Spider, Louise Bourgeois, 1997; the artist was the highest paid female sculptor in the 20th century with her Spider pieces; I saw an even larger version at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AR

Spider, Louise Bourgeois, 1997; the artist was the highest paid female sculptor in the 20th century with her Spider pieces; I saw an even larger version at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AR

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