The sea began to assume a role in Winslow Homer’s paintings as early as 1873, when he spent the summer in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Let your eye wander over "Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)," painted during the country's centennial year.

Here, a catboat bearing the name "Gloucester" turns toward home in late afternoon. The day’s catch of fish is carefully stowed in its cockpit. A brisk breeze...
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The sea began to assume a role in Winslow Homers paintings as
David Anthony Gee
Greg Penoyre
Kat Mac Kenzie
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
06/25/2017 at 16:04. Facebook
Anthony van Dyck painted this portrait around 1628, shortly after he returned to Antwerp from a sojourn in Italy. What do you notice first?

In this picture, the figure turns her head to look directly at the viewer. She stands in a relaxed yet dignified manner, her right hand grasping her black overdress and her left hand holding a closed fan by her side. We notice that she has arranged her...
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Anthony van Dyck painted this portrait around 1628 shortly after he returned
Ginger Montecino
Kris Herd
Medina Krause
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
06/24/2017 at 16:14. Facebook
"In 1978, my wife Miriam and I were contacted by Stephen Reichard, a New York arts marketing consultant. Steve said that the artist Michelangelo Pistoletto needed models for his new work. We grabbed our young children and rushed to Steve's loft. Pistoletto took a number of photographs of our family, and some of just my wife and me. About a year later, Steve wanted us to come see Pistoletto's...
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In 1978 my wife Miriam and I were contacted by Stephen Reichard
Thomas Bell
Samara Radarte
Lisa Witting Fabian
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
06/24/2017 at 16:14. Facebook
"In 1978, my wife Miriam and I were contacted by Stephen Reichard, a New York arts marketing consultant. Steve said that the artist Michelangelo Pistoletto needed models for his new work. We grabbed our young children and rushed to Steve's loft. Pistoletto took a number of photographs of our family, and some of just my wife and me. About a year later, Steve wanted us to come see Pistoletto's...
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In 1978 my wife Miriam and I were contacted by Stephen Reichard
Maria Espadas
Daria Hammond Cross
Linda Peterson Thomas
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
06/23/2017 at 16:25. Facebook
The Gallery's "Picture This" tours make the collection more accessible to adult visitors with visual impairments.

On Saturday, June 24, join us from 1:00 to 2:00 in the East Building for a tour on Alexander Calder. For more information, call (202) 842-6905, or visit [ Go.usa.gov Link ].

Alexander Calder, "Cascading Flowers," 1949, painted metal, painted wire, and wire, National Gallery of...
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The Gallerys Picture This tours make the collection more accessible to adult
Craig Enger
MaryJo DeMatteis
Dominique Wain
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
06/22/2017 at 15:51. Facebook
Take a look at Balthasar van der Ast's "Basket of Fruits." What object or shape did you first notice?

We see plums, apples, apricots, grapes, a Seville orange, and a quince arranged in a wicker basket. The table holds many of the same types of fruit as well as medlars and cherries. Note the two Wan-Li plates placed at a slant on each side of the basket. Before painting, the artist created...
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Take a look at Balthasar van der Asts Basket of Fruits What
Kirki Wilson
Vue Fine Art & Design
Ginger Montecino
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
06/21/2017 at 16:15. Facebook
Celebrate the official start to summer with this linocut, "Untitled (Summer Landscape)." If you could, what color might you add to this picture?

Henry R. Diamond, "Untitled (Summer Landscape)," c. 1935, linocut, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Reba and Dave Williams Collection, Gift of Reba and Dave Williams
Celebrate the official start to summer with this linocut Untitled Summer Landscape
Marcia Tonner
Dana Doran
Kat Mac Kenzie
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
06/20/2017 at 17:11. Facebook
Albert Marquet painted this view of a coastal resort in Normandy in 1906. What do you notice first?

The colorful crowding of posters seems ideal for the bold strokes and unmixed colors of this fauve painter. Notice, however, the blended blended brushwork and colors visible in the sky and sand. Scroll through the detail images to explore each different area of Marquet's painting.

Albert...
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Albert Marquet painted this view of a coastal resort in Normandy in
Kat Mac Kenzie
Christiane Shertz
Rabáh El A'awar
Happy Father's Day!

Angela Strassheim, "Untitled (Waiting Room)," 2006, chromogenic print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Heather and Tony Podesta Collection
Happy Fathers Day Angela Strassheim Untitled Waiting Room 2006 chromogenic print National
Rabáh El A'awar
Ash Varma
Joe Wells
Stopping by the Gallery today? At 1 pm, spend an hour on a gallery talk with Paul Klee, Anselm Kiefer, and Kiefer's "Angel of History": [ Go.usa.gov Link ]

Anselm Kiefer, "Angel of History," 1989, lead, glass, and poppies
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Eugene L. and Marie-Louise Garbáty Fund
Stopping by the Gallery today At 1 pm spend an hour on
Kat Mac Kenzie
Eric Sczuka
Take a look at Marsden Hartley's "The Aero," completed in 1914. The artist lived in Berlin from May 1913 to December 1915. During this time, Germany was swept by "zeppelin fever." Both Europeans and Americans followed advances in aviation, and the artist was thrilled when he saw these huge airships flying overhead.

What shape or object do you notice first in this painting? In "The Aero," the...
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Take a look at Marsden Hartleys The Aero completed in 1914 The
Walt Lenz
Ziba Wilkinson
Jay Krueger
Let your eye wander over "Little Girl in White (Queenie Burnett)," painted in 1907. The subject of this painting, Queenie Burnett, was the artist’s laundry delivery girl. In this sympathetic image, we see Queenie attired in a simple white dress and black stockings, posing with her hands folded before her, set against a dark brown background.

Bellows managed to capture his subject’s...
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Let your eye wander over Little Girl in White Queenie Burnett painted
Ira Solomon Machefsky
Jenny Tomlinson Morrison
Stacey Staniak
François Boucher became the first court painter to Louis XV. He soon came to the attention of the king's mistress, Madame de Pompadour, and rose to prominence under her patronage. "The Bath of Venus," painted in 1751, belonged to Madame de Pompadour.

What do you notice first? Youthful and engaging, the goddess of love is offered up to the viewer as an object of beauty. She is rendered with...
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François Boucher became the first court painter to Louis XV He soon
William King
Kevin Martin
Susan Qualtieri Dangremond
At first sight, Willem Claesz Heda's "Banquet Piece with Mince Pie" appears to welcome the viewer to a sumptuous feast. Yet pewter plates teeter precariously on the table's edge. Someone may have already enjoyed the feast, as the translucent goblet and a silver tazza have toppled over. Other objects in the painting hint at the transience of worldly existence. For example, the snuffed-out...
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At first sight Willem Claesz Hedas Banquet Piece with Mince Pie appears
Jackie Raatz
Diana Morgan
Christopher O'Neill
Cézanne explored an astonishing range of subjects throughout his career: landscape, portraiture, and still life. Of all the genres, art critics and connoisseurs believed for centuries that still life was the least imaginative. Yet Cezanne’s still lifes—with their olive jars, lemons, and colorful printed cotton cloths—evoke a sense of place. In still life after still life he explored the...
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Cézanne explored an astonishing range of subjects throughout his career landscap
Pimjai Pattamasuntiwong
Jaims Art
Priya Chaturvedi
This painting of a stylish young man is one of Rembrandt van Rijn's most sympathetic late portraits. The sitter's handsome features and gentle expression, framed by the long locks of his hair, suggest warmth and sensitivity. At the same time, the understated simplicity of his dress—from the plain white collar, left open at the neck, to his black costume and hat—reinforces the sense of...
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This painting of a stylish young man is one of Rembrandt van
Judy Metcalf
Charley Edelman
Charley Edelman
Join us tomorrow, June 10 at 1:00 pm for a tour of East Building highlights 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 ]

George Bellows, "The Lone Tenement," 1909, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection
Join us tomorrow June 10 at 100 pm for a tour of
Kat Mac Kenzie
Margot Ablamowicz- Sobotka
Karen Ayers
Cornelis Bega grew up in a world where crafting fine objects from precious "noble" metals--like gold and silver--was a matter of daily concern. Many of his family members were gold and silversmiths, including his father, with whom he likely trained. He entered the workshop of painter Adriaen van Ostade in 1648. Like Ostade, Bega embraced low-life genre scenes, favoring taverns and other dark...
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Cornelis Bega grew up in a world where crafting fine objects from
Maaike Dirkx
Jay Vogelsong
Tanis Marsh
Take a look at Thomas Doughty's "Fanciful Landscape." What object or shape did you first notice when looking at this work of art? Why do you think that was the first thing you noticed?

Doughty was largely self-trained as an artist. He made sketching trips to record details for his landscape paintings, which came to be much admired for their comparative realism and truth to nature. One of the...
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Take a look at Thomas Doughtys Fanciful Landscape What object or shape
Michael Clemmer
Daria Hammond Cross
Ardis Sween
Stopping by the Gallery today? At 1 pm, spend an hour in our special exhibition, "America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting."

This exhibition brings together hidden gems and major stars from collections across America for a summer in the nation's capital! From every corner of the country—Pittsburgh to Indianapolis, Birmingham to Phoenix—these works tell the story of the collectors,...
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Stopping by the Gallery today At 1 pm spend an hour in
Rachel Klopfer
Sarit Greidingher
Tamey Zuniga Goble