Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Words are definitely going to fail me here, I can feel it already. This place is phenomenal. I think I’m just going to post my photos, supply names, maybe comment here and there and leave it at that. The pictures speak for themselves.

These are some sketches by Goya. A close up of one of them is posted below. I was surprised when going through my photos after my visit that I hadn’t got more pictures of Goya’s paintings – I’m a fan.
I suppose I was just enjoying them so much, I forgot to photograph them. Which is as it should be, I suppose.

….and of course, the one picture I got of a painting is out of focus. Sigh. The bright area at the left isn’t glare, it’s the depiction of an engulfing fire. Honestly, when I was looking at the Goyas, my jaw was on the floor, I was gulping back tears and thinking, “I’m looking at Goyas! Real Goyas! With my own eyes! I’m in a room full of Goyas!” Fortunately, I wasn’t screaming this outloud. I managed to keep it within. Very exciting.



Just walking through the spaces without even focusing on any one particular work of art is a magical experience.





Renoir (above and below)

Degas (above and below)
Just black and white lines and a little smudging. Incredible.
Toulouse Latrec
Toulouse Latrec and Gauguin…. side by side – wow!
Van Gogh. I have finally seen a Van Gogh. With my own two little eyes. Heaven.
Here is a collection of peinetas. The popularity of these combs dates to the 19th century and possibly much further back. (I’m totally open to correction if anyone knows any more about them). They’re just beautiful.
Look at the detail on this one. Incredible.
El Reposo (The Repose) by Eduardo Schiaffino – an Argentine artist born in Buenos Aires in 1858. He was the founder of this magnificent museum.
La Hora del Almuerzo (Lunch Time) by Pio Collavidino – also born in Buenos Aires, in 1869. This painting reminded me, in subject matter only, of Norman Rockwell. However, the detail in this painting was mind-blowing. I found myself looking at it from numerous angles – it almost looked photographic in some areas.
El Despertar de la Criada (The Waking of the Servant) by Eduardo Sivori – a Porteño (a person from Buenos Aires – ‘people of the port,’) born in 1847. The light in this painting is sublime.
Nocturne by Martín Malharro, an Argentine born in 1865. Unfortunately, my photo is out of focus. I wanted to walk into this painting. It was serene yet mysterious.
Pensive Girl by Antonio Mancini (Italian), born in 1852.
Doña Lucia Carranza de RodrÍguez Orey by Carlos Enrique Pellegrini (Italian), born in 1675. Another painting that looked nearly photographic. The detail was astonishing.
Agoo by Carlos Silva, another Porteño, born in 1930. Super cool!
Busto de Mujer by Amedeo Modigliani, Italian, born 1884.
Picasso. I’m guessing you’ve heard of this guy.
Shooting Star by Jackson Pollock, born 1912 in Cody, Wyoming.
This was a highlight for me. I love Jackson Pollock’s work.
I suppose this and the Goyas (okay, and the Van Gogh and the Picasso and… and ….) were the major highlights for me. But it was really great to see so much more and to learn a little about some amazing Argentine artists.
If you’re ever in Buenos Aires, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is a ‘must see.’


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