Above: West Building
What a museum and what a collection housed in the National Gallery of Art! In both the West
Building (opened in 1941 and home to works by the old masters such as Botticelli, Carpaccio,
Durer, and da Vinci; also home to impressionists such as Monet, Manet and Morisot) and the East Building (opened in 1978/reopened in 2016 and home to works by modern and contemporary artists such as Rothko, Calder and Picasso) this place inspires!
Below: East Building
Certainly, I could go on and on and on about the collection. But not this time. I'm choosing to highlight a special exhibit I saw - and was blown away by in the West Building. It was the
work done by Stuart Davis. Born in Philadelphia in 1892, he began his formal art training in
NYC at the Robert Henri School of Art at around 17 years of age. He was a painter.
His subject inspirations were common objects such as salt shakers, kitchen appliances, spark plugs and cigarette packages.
Cubism played a huge part in his works.
Can you see the salt shaker here?
How about th kitchen mixer? It's the white form towards the left side.
But I liked his Parisian Street scenes the most.
His colors. His colors. His colors.
It was also interesting to see how he reworked his ideas.
Leaving this gallery made me feel like a champion of this artist! And we have something in common to boot --- I like to rework ideas and projects, too.
Note: this exhibit closes March 5, 2017.