I went to visit the National Gallery of London, which features Western European art from the 1300 – 1900s. It was a lovely gallery, with lovely rooms and lots of space.
It was my first time there and I pretty much snapchatted a whole art history lesson for my kids to watch haha.
I uploaded something like 20 photos, saying things like… “This painting is by a SUPER DUPER FAMOUS painted called Vincent Van Gogh… it’s worth about $40 million, so be impressed!”
I felt irreverent and so low-brow, but hey, I had to entertain my 7 year old.
On the other hand, for me…
I had a WONDERFUL time slooooowly browsing through the gallery and taking hundreds of photos. I’m not sure why I took so many photos, though.
Possibly just to capture a little bit of the magic, so I could keep it forever, on my hard drive, and on my blog.
Delicious details by Dutch still life painter Jan Janz Treck, Vanitas Still Life (1648).
To my boys I said: “It’s about death and the futility of all human ambition. Depression much?”
Self portrait aged 63, by Rembrandt (1669)
To my boys I said: “Very famous Dutch painter.”
Snow Scene at Argenteil, by Claude Monet (1875).
“Super famous French painter – Claude Monet. He’s like REALLY FAMOUS yo.”
The Water Lily Pond, by Claude Monet (1899).
“One of Monet’s famous series of paintings of a lily pond. FAMOUS.”
Bathers at Asnieres, by Georges Seurat (1884).
“This guy was a French post-impressionist. He liked to paint with dots.”
Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window by Paul Gauguin (1890)
“By a dude named Gauguin. Not so famous. But still significant.”
“You better not be bored yet. Keep scrolling!” I said.
Sunflowers, by Vincent van Gogh (1888)
“This painting is by a SUPER DUPER FAMOUS painted called Vincent Van Gogh…”
“It’s his most famous painting.”
“It’s worth about $40 million, so be impressed!”
A Wheatfield, with Cypress by Vincent van Gogh (1889)
“This is my favourite van Gogh. His brush strokes are amazing! He’s a genius!”
And I sent them 5 close up photos too. At different angles.
Seriously, I was in heaven. I could have stayed there all day.
I kept having flashes of scenes and chapters from “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt and the whole idea of how seeing a painting feels like visiting an old friend; snatching a glance of a painting again and again, just to feel the buzz it brings to you; and being haunted by a painting for life.
Yes I’m having a fabulous time in London!