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. Schönes Gebäude sehr groß der Weihnachtsbaum und die Treppe.


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

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

  19. @Sharon: I agree!

    @Whisk: I think so too.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @RedPat: they do!

    @Bill: definitely!

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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.

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

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

  25. Athlete’s Head is quite incredible!

  26. Very festive and elegant scenes ~ great photos too

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

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

  28. Architecturally beautiful, William.

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

    All the best Jan

  30. @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!