National Gallery

While in Canberra I spent some time in the National Gallery’s regular collection.  We later attended the Versailles special exhibition; more about this in a separate post.

img_9924aThe Gallery has re-arranged its Australian collection  and it’s quite nicely done.   One room is devoted to World War 1 art, including a picture of all the official war artists (by George Coates).

I always lean towards Australian impressionists (“Heidelburg school” etc) – currently included by the Gallery in the section they call “art of the Federation era”!    Anyway, there’s a nice Hans Heyson on display.

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Upstairs in the international section, Blue Poles had yet to return from its visit to London, but there is a Monet from the Waterlillies series.   It’s described as being “effervescent”.   Personally, I think I prefer some of the others in this series.

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