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The Collection of the National Gallery of Art

is the homepage for one of the finest art collections in the world, illustrating major achievements in painting, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to today. Visitors can search the collection by specific artist, title, or a combination of criteria, review research on the Gallery's World War II paintings, tour the collection by medium and school, or download a Gallery Guide in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Throughout the twentieth century, artists in the vanguard have repeatedly challenged convention by exploring new avenues of expression and seeking alternative forms to embody new ideas. In the early years of the century, the so-called fauve artists ("wild beasts") in France, led by Henri Matisse, experimented with vivid, highly saturated colors and bold brushwork to evoke intense emotional responses.
Jan van Goyen, Dutch, 1596 - 1656. 'View of Dordrecht from the Dordtse Kil,' 1644.  Oil on panel, 64.7 x 95.9 cm (25 x 37 3/4 in.).  Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1978.11.1.

View of Dordrecht from the Dordtse Kil

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