Saturday, January 26, 2019

Taking Leave

Today I conclude my series from the National Gallery of Canada, until the next time I stop in. From the second level landing, I photographed down into the grand hall.

From the other side of the landing, I photographed along the lower and upper corridors, and the rampway that leads down to the grand hall.

When I came down the stairs, I looked up and decided to photograph the staircase.

Here we have a view from within the grand hall. Looking out the windows, one can see the lights of Parliament Hill out there.

Another temporary exhibit being held here (until mid-March) is Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection From the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, showcasing a large selection of works by the artist. I went in and had a look, but generally speaking his style didn't really do anything for me.

I did decide to show you one example of his work. Athlete's Head is a 1932 work, a combination of watercolour, gouache, and graphite on paper. The sheet is covered with four thousand squares Klee applied with a small brush and a mix of colours.

I came back out of the exhibit and headed back towards the grand hall, where I photographed more of the space.


  1. ...this is a destination that I would enjoy visiting on a regular basis.

  2. Art galleries have a way of looking similar throughout the world (a bit like shopping malls which are the same everywhere).

  3. It was a very beautiful trip ...
    I love the Christmas tree and the huge frame!

  4. What a beautiful exhibition hall. Love the windows and the Christmas tree. Hope you are well!

  5. It is a huge building, the people seen from above look so tiny!

  6. Some of the shots look like you photographed a tiny, little model! :)

  7. i enjoy the - not sure what they are called? those like pieces of material near the ceiling looking like white (cream) capes ... very cool. so festive. i enjoy their efforts .. so fancy. ( ;
    enjoy your weekend.

  8. It was nice to see. Thanks for sharing the National Gallery.
    Have a nice weekend!

  9. I enjoyed this series. And the view looking down is very pretty, with that tree and the view towards Parliament. :-)

  10. Hello, it is a beautiful museum. Lovely views and photos from inside. Enjoy your weekend!

  11. What a magnificent building with some wonderful treasures inside, thank you for taking us on a visit:)

  12. Love the shot with the lights of Parliament Hill!

  13. You remind us of the size when you show some people in the photos. The people appear very small.

  14. @Tom: I certainly enjoy each visit.

    @Joan: I can see that.

    @Ella: thank you!

    @Susie: a bit of a sore throat, but otherwise none the worse for wear.

    @Marianne: that is true.

    @Sandi: indeed!

    @Beth: I wonder if they might be sunscreens.

    @Italiafinlandia: you're welcome.

    @DJan: thank you!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Rosie: a pleasure to do so.

    @Iris: so do I.

    @Red: they do.

    @Jan: thanks!

  15. Your National Gallery is a gorgeous building and that is a huge Christmas tree.

  16. The Christmas tree really is pretty.

  17. Schönes Gebäude sehr groß der Weihnachtsbaum und die Treppe.


  18. That grand hall is indeed grand! The people look so tiny!

  19. A stunning building indeed and lovely views from inside.

  20. @Sharon: I agree!

    @Whisk: I think so too.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @RedPat: they do!

    @Bill: definitely!

  21. The Grand Hall in the National Gallery is indeed grand and I also liked seeing that large tree. Klee would also not be an exhibit I would care to see, so we can agree on that, William.

  22. I love the view of the grand hall. With very high ceilings, it’s such a pleasant space!

  23. I enjoyed it a great deal, William. Thanks for showing it to me. Incidentally we have a Klee poster hanging on our wall. I don't understand it but I enjoy the colors.

  24. I really like your perspective shots. Especially the 3rd & 4th ones.

  25. The Grand Hall of the National Gallery is a spectacular space William, beautifully shown here ✨

  26. Athlete’s Head is quite incredible!

  27. Very festive and elegant scenes ~ great photos too

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  28. Maybe we'll get back downtown in spring!!! Great tour.

  29. Architecturally beautiful, William.

  30. I can't get over how big the building is.
    Loved the Christmas trees.

    All the best Jan

  31. The Christmas Tree is huuuge!

  32. @Beatrice: he just didn't do anything for me personally.

    @Tamago: that it is.

    @Happyone: it is!

    @Catalyst: you're welcome.

    @Kay: thank you.

    @Grace: thanks!

    @Marie: it's different.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Jennifer: thanks!

    @Jeanie: that it is.

    @Jan: it's quite a building.

    @Klara: definitely!