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Mary Cassett, American, 1844-1926, "Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, oil, 1878.

  As I promised yesterday I will share more paintings that we saw at the National Gallery on our visit there Tuesday. 

This is one of my favorite paintings at the National Gallery and as many times as I have seen it I never noticed how much the little pup in the chair looks like Lincoln.  This explains at lot.  Lincoln must be reincarnated.  He lived with a wealthy French family in the late 1800’s.  That’s why he is so spoiled.  🙂

See in this close-up how much he looks like Lincoln!

Edward Hopper, American, 1882-1967, "Cape Cod Evening, oil, 1939.


Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926, "The Japanese Footbridge, oil, 1899.

Monet, "The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil, oil, 1880.

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Going with my artist friends and students from The Southerlands to the National Gallery of Art today to see the Picasso drawings.  Take a look at more here.    Since it’s opening in 1941, the National Gallery of Art has been a treasury of art and culture for the American people.  Started with paintings donated by Andrew Mellon then followed by other collectors donations the NGA collection offers something for everyone. 

You can see one of those great collections, The Chester Dale Collection here and more here.  Tomorrow I hope to have photos of our adventure.

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I love going to Washington DC.  The first time I went was as a child of about 10 years on a family vacation.  I fell in love with the history, the museums, everything about it and I think that was the start my love of history and the reason I majored in history in college. (Yes, history, not art.)

Yesterday, my cousin Linda,  who is visiting from Georgia, and I spent the day at the National Gallery.  There are so many wonderful exhibits there now that we couldn’t see it all. 

However, we did get to see the Gauguin:  Maker of Myths exhibit.  It was the last day and terribly crowded but worth it.  You can see more here.    We also saw the Small French Paintings exhibit which is a permanent exhibit that I’ve seen many times but I love it and always enjoy it so. 

This Boudin is an example of the beautiful paintings in that collection and you can read more that collection  here.

But the most amazing thing we saw was the Chester Dale collection.  What a stunning collection of art.  And what an interesting couple they were.  Well worth a trip to the NGA.  Go if you haven’t already.  The Dale’s left a generous endowment as well as a tremendous collection of work from impressionism to modern art to the NGA.  This huge collection is a must see.  Read more about it here

Any day spent viewing art with a good friend is a perfect day.  And when the art includes dogs ….

well, need I say more!

(This is ToulouseLautrec’s Fleche)





(Renoir’s dog)

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