Our first stop in Canberra was the National Gallery of Australia. I wanted to see the ‘Turner from the Tate‘ exhibition. We spent a good part of the visit wandering around the half dozen or so rooms featuring the art of J.M.W. Turner and the various periods of his career.
I found it quite awe-inspiring to be able to see works of art from a period of time so far removed from today, I could scarcely even begin to imagine what it must have been like to be alive in those days – but to see such well preserved pieces and so many of them! The sketchbook below was used by Turner between 1804-05. Mind-boggling, really! Turner bequeathed his work to Britain when he died. How fortunate we are that he did!
When we’d had our fill of Turner, we wandered around the NGA’s other collections, including the Dada and Surrealism section which took me back to my high school art classes, as did the Pop Art works, such as the ones below by Andy Warhol.
I really enjoyed the Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly series too, and if we’d arrived earlier in the day, I’ve no doubt I would’ve spent a much longer time at the NGA. But we were famished from our 3.5 hour drive, and it was time to go in search of something tasty…