As well as being full of great works it's a pretty impressive building with it's classic references and splendid columns - I don't though have the problem Prince Charles has with the Sainsbury extension which in my eyes is far from monstrous.
|4th Plinth- An interesting idea|
|It's a nice building too.|
But then I like the current resident on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square too!
Fortunately Wednesday afternoon doesn't seem to be the busiest it gets - still plenty of locals and tourists but not so many as to make a visit unpleasant.
Here are my personal highlights heavily influenced as they are by current OPEN Art lectures -
The paintings by George Braque adjacent to a Cezanne view showing the development towards Cubism around end of the 19th century.
One of the influential Monet Haystacks showing the artist exploring light is on show .
It's great to see so much by Degas too and I really think the 'Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando' is fantastic and significant in how we can see the influence of the burgeoning realisation of what photography does (and I think again, wasn't Muybridge important ?)
I also the chance to re-evaluate the works of Gainsborough and Constable - I also checked to see the connection between Grant Woods's 'American Gothic' and 'Mr and Mrs Andrews ' (perhaps it's just me?)
I still think it's there but what a lovely picture it is, more than just a portrait or just a landscape with it's place holder for a child.
Two new to me delights were -
1) 'A Girl at a window' by Boilly - that I thought was almost monochromatic but is something of a 'Trompe l'oeil' of engravings/sculptures.
2) I was also very taken with 'Interior' by Hammershoi I don't know if Hopper consciously drew on his style but to me there's a connection and not least by the artists use of his wife as a model (good to see I'm not alone on this connection as the splendid Michael Palin has also noted it).
There's a display and background film on the Palmieri Altarpiece ( Visions of Paradise) which is free to visit) that's worth checking out too -my advice is if you have an interest in art/art history and are in London do visit the gallery.
[I'm sure many will disagree but looking at the Van Gogh works on display I do feel he is perhaps elevated beyond his true artistry although his pace in the development of modern art is indisputable - also am revisiting my enthusiasm to the pointillism of Seurat].
Well from highlights to a 'Highlighter '