National Gallery of Art
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The Gallery’s "Picture This" tours make the collection more accessible to adult visitors with visual impairments.

On Saturday, March 25, join us from 1:00 to 2:00 in the West Building for "Saints and Heroines from the Renaissance to Rembrandt." For more information, call (202) 842-6905, or visit [ Go.usa.gov Link ].

Rembrandt van Rijn, "Lucretia," 1664, oil on canvas, National Gallery of...
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Stopping by the Gallery today? At 1:00pm, spend 30 minutes with Arshile Gorky's "One Year the Milkweed." The artist, who emigrated to the United States at 16 years old, is recognized as a pioneer of the new abstract painting that developed in New York after World War II. This work is one of several so-called 'color veil' paintings Gorky made in 1944. We see films of paint washed unevenly...
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Happy birthday to Yayoi Kusama, who turns 88 today. You can see the artist's painting "Infinity Nets Yellow," a work from the Gallery's collection, on view in "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors," at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. #InfiniteKusama

Yayoi Kusama, "Infinity Nets Yellow," 1960, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Collectors Committee
In a field dominated by men, Louise Bourgeois stands out amongst her peers due to her creativity, exploration of various media, and style. The artist’s work focuses on themes of family, the body, death, and the subconscious. Examine her drawing "M is for Mother." What captures your attention?

This drawing can be seen now in the exhibition, "The Woodner Collections: Master Drawings from Seven...
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Let your eye wander over Romare Bearden’s "Untitled (Jazz II)." What color or shape do you notice first? We see lines separating shapes, giving the appearance of broken planes. The colors are bright and many of the forms are jagged and unexpected. Bearden himself was a musician, and in this work, represents the dynamic and lively qualities of jazz.

Romare Bearden, "Untitled (Jazz II)," 1980,...
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Angelo Rognoni was a member of the Italian nationalist group of artists called the Futurists. His drawing, "Barrage in the Carso (Preparzione d'artiglieria nel Carso)," symbolizes an advancing Italian army reaching the Austro-Hungarian occupied Corso Plateau. The lines, shapes, and words signify the loud sounds of artillery fire and chaos of battle.

Like other avant-garde artists of their...
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"…when I was living in Abiquiu [New Mexico] I built a large table top covered with glass for my shells – I got them out of the boxes into the daylight under the piece of glass. Each shell was a beautiful world in itself, but I was surprised to find that the shells did not fit in with the adobe house. I gave most of them away as time went by, but among the many different things sent to me by...
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It's our 76th birthday! The National Gallery of Art opened to the public on this day in 1941. What's your favorite Gallery memory? Share in the comments below.

Photo: President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking at the dedication of the National Gallery of Art, March 17, 1941
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Canadian artist Jean-Paul Riopelle was a member of Les Automatistes, a politically-motivated group of artists influenced by Surrealism. His group wrote an anti-establishment manifesto titled 'Le Rufus Global,' or 'Total Refusal.' It called for liberation and anarchy, and encouraged a rejection of traditional norms and values of French Canadian society. This statement is now considered a...
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Take a look at Elizabeth Catlett’s portrayal of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. What do you notice first?

This linocut illustrates Harriet Tubman’s strength and bravery. After escaping slavery in 1849, Tubman lead over 13 missions between Northern and Southern states using the Underground Railroad to free over 70 enslaved family members and friends. Catlett, herself the grandchild of freed...
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In her frequent depictions of children, Mary Cassatt shows quiet and unexceptional moments with considerable dynamism.

This is one of many paintings Cassatt made of little girls appearing to play dress-up. However, the child’s expression indicates that she may not be enjoying herself. While the subject matter captures a languid moment, Cassatt handles the paint energetically. We see broad,...
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NPR stopped by the Gallery to speak with artist Theaster Gates about his new installation, "The Minor Arts." This exhibition, on view until September 4, 2017, examines how discarded and ordinary objects acquire value through the stories we tell. Learn more about the exhibition: [ Go.usa.gov Link ].

Theaster Gates Reclaims Materials And History In "The Minor Arts" | Arts | NPR

Chicago-based activist and artist Theaster Gates uses discarded or found materials to make large-scale installations. He walked us through a few of them at h...

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Now on view! See "East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography" on the Ground Floor of our West Building. This exhibition explores early photography of the American east, documenting the nation's transition over the course of the century.

"East of the Mississippi" showcases 175 photographs, including daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, stereo...
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Join us tomorrow, March 11 at 1:00 pm as we explore the Gallery’s highlights on a tour of the West building given by a deaf guide in ASL. The tour is also interpreted into spoken English.

For more information, email asl@nga.gov. [ Go.usa.gov Link ]

Judith Leyster, "Self-Portrait," c. 1630, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss
In honor of International Women’s Day, discover works by female artists like Berthe Morisot, Joan Mitchell, Lorna Simpson, Lynda Benglis, and more in the Gallery’s permanent collection on our Pinterest board: [ Pinterest.com Link ].

Joan Mitchell, "Land," 1989, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Lila Acheson Wallace
Last chance! See "Stuart Davis: In Full Swing" before the exhibition closes today, Sunday, March 5.

Stuart Davis was an American original. Born in Philadelphia to artists and raised in East Orange, New Jersey, he dropped out of high school to study painting in Manhattan with Robert Henri. Davis fell in love with the poetry of Walt Whitman and hoped to capture "the thing Whitman felt—America."...
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Stopping by the Gallery this weekend? Today at 12:00pm, spend 50 minutes with John Singer Sargent. The artist, who was born in 1856 in Florence to expatriate American parents, is noted for his dazzling technical virtuosity and painterly technique.

To join this gallery talk, meet in the West Building Rotunda: [ Go.usa.gov Link ].

John Singer Sargent, "Street in Venice," 1882, oil on wood,...
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Join us tomorrow, Saturday March 4 at 11:00 am with the whole family on a tour in the West Building given by a deaf guide in ASL. We'll explore Monet’s "The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil" among other works in the Gallery's collection. This tour is also interpreted into spoken English.

Email asl@nga.gov for more details.

Claude Monet, "The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil," 1880, oil on canvas,...
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Today, we're announcing a major gift of photographs from the collection of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser to the Gallery. The acquisition includes 143 gelatin silver prints by Dorothea Lange, with 10 more photographs by Lange promised. It establishes the National Gallery as one of the major repositories of Lange's work in the world. This gift is part of a larger donation to 13...
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The Washington Post joined the National Gallery of Art’s social media preview of “Theaster Gates: The Minor Arts” to hear the artist’s perspective on his first solo exhibition in Washington. This exhibition, opening to the public on March 5, examines how discarded and ordinary objects acquire value through the stories we tell.