Monday, 26 January 2015

AFF #3: National Gallery

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Hello and welcome to Art Freak Fridays week 3!

As I have done photography-based things for the last few weeks, I decided to switch it up a little and visit the National Gallery, located in none other than the famed Trafalgar Square. I had a lovely companion who goes by the name of Asta and rocks the coolest hair in London.

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

Before starting our wee expedition, we grabbed some breakfast from Pret A Manger and sat in front of the gallery, soaking up the winter sun. It was a gloriously clear morning, but also very cold – there were even ice sheets in the fountains! Brrrr.

Fountain in Trafalgar Square
View from the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

The National Gallery is home to over 2,300 paintings dating all the way back to the 13th century. I’ll be completely honest, when it comes to art, I’m more of a fan of modern/contemporary art. In saying that, I think there is definitely a place for everything and many of the paintings found in the National Gallery are exquisite.
Despite it not being the most interesting gallery in the world (for me), I think it’s important to see and I most definitely enjoyed my visit.

Asta and I wandered around the seemingly endless rooms for a while before making a game plan to find paintings we really wanted to see. Some of these included Vincent van Gogh’s ”Sunflowers”, Claude Monet’s ”The Water-Lily Pond” and our newly discovered favourite, George Stubbs’ ”Whistlejacket”.

(Apologies for the quality of the photos - I was in such a rush to leave the house in the morning that I completely forgot my camera so my iPhone had it's glory moments instead!)

Sunflowers - Vincent van Gogh
"Sunflowers" - Vincent van Gogh.
The Water-Lily Pond - Claude Monet
"The Water-Lily Pond" - Claude Monet.
Looking at paintings in the National Gallery, London
Asta analysing paintings like the art experts we totally are..
Lavacourt Under Snow - Claude Monet
"Lavacourt Under Snow" - Claude Monet.
Art in the National Gallery, London
Surprised! - Henri Rousseau
Surprised! - Henri Rousseau.

The rooms themselves are quite spectacular in size and decoration.

Detailing in the National Gallery, London
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

We spent the rest of the gorgeous Friday wandering around central London, doing various things here and there – eating, shopping and most importantly enjoying the freedom of a day off.

That's all for now, this wasn't the longest post but I’d rather keep it short and sweet than bore you!
On Sunday I took a fantastic day trip to Greenwich which I, as always, shall be blogging about sokeep your eyes peeled for that on Wednesday or Thursday.

Until then,

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