Anne’s National Gallery Highlights

When we were in Ottawa for the Channel Surf project we extended our stay to take in the National Gallery. It happened to rain that day and so it was a perfect chance to slowly wander through the permanent collection, the Alex Colville exhibit and the Governor General Award space. Unfortunately the Inuit Collection was closed. 

There are some limitations on what you are allowed to photograph in the National Gallery and I do prefer to spend most of my time looking directly rather than through a lens, but I did take a few pictures. Some I took for reference in future class slideshows, others because I admire the artist greatly and a few as inspiration for my own work. So here is a little gallery of my own highlights from the National Gallery collection.

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Louise Bourgeois

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Michael Snow

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I forgot to take note of the artist on this one but I love it as a setting for the seated figures

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Denis Juneau


Alfred Pellan


David Milner

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Geoffrey Farmer

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Brian Jungen

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Shary Boyle

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I also forgot to take note of the artist on these but they come with a story…the info. panel listed these as having been made out of pencil and paint on paper, no tape. I couldn’t believe it and spent a long time scrutinising the surface looking for clues. A young boy walked past with his family and came up close to see what I was looking at, he turns to his mum and says “SO you just have to draw a circle on a piece of paper and then you are an artist?!” Awkward laughter ensued.

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Louise Bourgeois

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Agnes Martin


Joseph Cornell

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Jackson Pollock


Gustav Klimt – He seems to have painted this figure several times and whenever I see her I think of my mum at about the age she was pregnant with me.


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