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Monday, March 5, 2012

sunday at the national gallery of art, dc


Hi friends! I wanted to share some images from a relaxing Sunday we spent at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In additional to a wonderfully diverse collection of European and American art, this museum is one of our very favorite venues for people watching and Sunday paper-reading...

We settled in with cappuccinos in the Cascade Cafe...enjoying this month's display of brilliant, deliciously tropical hibiscus blooms in wild shades of pink-coral-orange:




Orange-gold (and rare) clivia:




Have a sweet gelato with your cappuccino (unless like me you had leftover Thai food for a late breakfast)!




This museum features an amazing series of gift shops with delightful books, art supplies and colorful gifts for adults and children...


















Some favorite artists, works: The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil by Monet. Love the blue and white ceramic detail in this riotous summer garden, and the intense blue sky above...




Matisse: Still Life with Apples on Pink Tablecloth, 1924. Such a sense of dynamic yet deeply harmonious color and pattern...


A permanent installation of Henri Matisse cutouts in the East Wing, a wedding of organic, joyous form and the colors of spring in the French Midi




Wayne Thiebaut's "Cakes", 1963. Luscious pop art--tender colors, ample and festive cakes sweetly frosted onto canvas:


Outside, in a chill March wind intense pink magnolia had burst into bloom...




Happy cooking this week!












10 comments:

berrygirl@mommy kiki can! said...

Ihanna...(Wonderful)! That was a perfect Sunday outting and I love being brought along through your vivid photo tour!

Bentobird said...

Hi there berrygirl! So glad you came along--we had a fun day and I love sharing good times! Have a super week :D!

MewlKitten said...

Beautiful as always! I love looking at all your pictures.

sheri fujihara chen said...

Thank you for the color explosion! What a fine way to spend a day indeed. Our magnolias are bursting into bloom as well; I love the way the blossoms take over the bare branches at this time of year. Happy spring!

Bentobird said...

Hi there MK! So glad you enjoyed this post!

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! "Color explosion"--love that! And yippeee, spring is on the way :) Happy Tuesday!

origa-me said...

Thank you for that visual rather than gastronomical feast, I am in hospital at the moment and it has cheered me up immensely, being surrounded by a clinical atmosphere is not the most exciting thing, your images were very welcome. Hope the house is getting a lot of interest.

Bentobird said...

Hi there Carole! Hope you will be out of the hospital soon and feeling great! It made my morning to read that these images brightened your day :)

Warmest regards,
Jenn

Robin O | what-about-the-food said...

The spring magnolia's are blooming at my house too! What a lovely Sunday excursion. You take the best day trips ever Jenn!

Bentobird said...

Hi Robin! Glad to hear magnolia are in bloom for you, too, loving the vivid pink here. Thanks for coming along, so excited to have Cali trips soon!