The National gallery, London

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                             Bathers at La Grenouillere, Monet, 1869. Picture taken by Sarah Meder at the National Gallery.

My trip to The National Gallery, was a pleasant surprise, so much so, I resolved to go back a second time before I headed home. The first time I went, I saw the exhibition Inventing Impressionism, which I wrote about here. I was not feeling well after the show, but I decided to take a look at the museum's collection regardless of how my body felt at the moment. I was glad I did. My favorite room, amongst the maze of rooms, was filled with Rembrandt paintings and was my reason for deciding to go back the second time. I had hoped to snap some pictures for this blog post and to spend some time with those Rembrandt's, as my health got a bit  in the way the first time. I really wanted to leave London feeling like I had soaked in a tub with those Rembrandt paintings. Unfortunately, the second time I went half the rooms were closed off. Boo! So,I do not have any pictures of those wonderful Rembrandt's to show you. However, I do have a few pictures of some other works I enjoyed. I hope you enjoy them too. If you are in the London area check out The National Gallery, I insist!

The two bather on the dock are brilliantly painted.

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                     Combing the Hair (La Coiffure), Edgar Degas, 1896. Picture taken by Sarah Meder at the National Gallery.

A nicely done red painting.

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                                  Men on Docks, George Bellows, 1912. Picture taken by Sarah Meder at the National Gallery.

This really is a painting about the color blue.

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                         Portrait of a Man, Hans Baldung Grien, 1514. Picture taken by Sarah Meder at the National Gallery.

Color.

                 The Mantelpiece (La Chemise), Edouard Vuillard, 1905. Picture taken by Sarah Meder at the National Gallery.

I cannot resist a Vuillard painting, let alone a Vuillard painting with flowers.

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                 The Petit Bras Of Seine at Argenteuil, Monet, 1872. Picture taken by Sarah Meder at the National Gallery.

Simple, quite yet every brushstroke thoughtful...

                            Two Crabs, Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Picture taken by Sarah Meder at the National Gallery

Damn good background!