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A walk through the National Gallery.

October 13, 2009

One of my favourite parts of being a Trinity student is the location of the university; in the centre of Dublin city and right beside the National Gallery of Ireland. Needless,  to say, I have spent many a lunch hour wandering amongst the art and browsing their excellent bookshop.  Seriously, go look at their bookshop if you’re in the area.

Last time I went, I decided to focus on a single room- European Art 1850-1950. It’s in a curious part of the building, being tucked away below the French/Irish/British Art section in the Dargan wing. You might be surprised at what they have. I know I was. They have Picasso’s Still Life with Mandolin (from his Blue Period), Gris, Modigliani (why the long face?),  Nolde, not one but two Bonnards, Van Gogh, Signac and the endearingly atmospheric Monet (River Seine, Autumn) .  I particularly liked the Maissomer and Sorolla.

Thomas Couture’s ‘A Realist’ was there too. As an artist, I love seeing paintings of artists from times gone by:

Thomas Couture A Realist , 1865. Chester Beatty gift.

Thomas Couture 'A Realist' , 1865. Chester Beatty gift.

Narcisse Berchére’s  ‘Eastern Scene with Minaret’ reminds us that this was the time of cultural interest in all things Eastern. I can’t find it on the internet (go over to the gallery if you want to see it!) but here’s one that bears some similarity to it:

Berchére, A Busy Street in Cairo.

Berchére, 'A Busy Street in Cairo.'

Most of my surprise was reserved for the fact that they have some beautiful pieces by Geróme, usually reserved for places like the Louvre. Again, the piece that’s there, ‘The Guards at the Door’ isn’t on the internet, but here’s the sort of thing to look out for:

Geróme, Eminence Gris

Geróme, Eminence Gris

Some mighty powerful stuff indeed.

Gustave Caillebotte represents with the ‘Banks of Canal near Naples’. This is an amazingly poor representation of it:

Caillebotte: Banks of Canal near Naples.

Caillebotte: Banks of Canal near Naples.

It goes without saying that the works are far (far, far) better in person. If you have some spare time to hand and you want to see some really beautiful art, walk down Nassau St. to Clare St and pay Picasso a visit.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2009 7:18 am

    Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.
    LOL,

  2. October 29, 2009 1:46 pm

    I’m not complaining. 🙂 You’re welcome!

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