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National Gallery of Canada, Worth a Visit.

March 18, 2011

I was recently in Ottawa to attend Winterlude with the family. After skating the Rideau Canal, screaming down ice slides in Jacques-Cartier Park and devouring the obligatory BeaverTail, we spent a quiet Sunday morning at the National Gallery of Canada. I hadn’t visited the gallery in over a decade and was excited to see the impressive permanent collection. Here are three highlights from the visit:

'Maligne Lake, Jasper Park' (1924) by Lawren Harris. Oil on canvas, 122.8 x 152.8cm.

Group of Seven – We see the work of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson in countless books, calendars, on coffee mugs and online but nothing can replace seeing the powerful landscape paintings in person.

'Pont Neuf' (1934) by Albert Marquet

Albert Marquet – A relatively unknown French painter, Marquet created beautifully efficient winter city-scapes.

Creek Tangle A/2 (2009) by Gordon Smith. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 67 in.

Gordon Smith – This Canadian artist paints landscapes that teeter between representational and abstract art.

I plan to be back at the National Gallery this summer to see the Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome show – a rare opportunity to see so many of his masterpieces in Canada.

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