The Smithsonian National Gallery of Art - what a divine place! I will start with the post impressionists and impressionists as they are always my favorites.
|A self portrait by Van Gogh that caught me by surprise. I had never seen this one before and it is so vibrant, so visually compelling that I could hardly take my eyes off of it. A mere photo could never do it justice. You must see if for yourself!|
|I adore Degas and seeing The Mounted Horseman was near to heart stopping for me. His drawing skills are so superb - each horse and rider exquisitely rendered.|
|Woman Viewed from Behind / Degas. I would have taken this little gem home with me if I could have!|
|Toulouse Lautrec (another favorite) / Marcelle Lender Dancing the Bolero /1896|
|Toulouse Lautrec / Woman with Dog / 1891|
I took dozens and dozens of photos and I wish I could show them all but I do encourage you to go and spend a day at this wonderful museum.
I will leave you with a photo of a painting I did many years ago of Toulouse Lautrec in his studio with his dog , his model and his completed Moulin Rouge painting!
|Artist and his Muse / 24 x 36 / oil on canvas|