94. See a famous painting in real life (e.g. Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers)

Today I completed one of my 100 things to do before I die, I completed number 94 which is to see a famous painting in real life (e.g. Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers). I specifically put the e.g. in because it didn’t matter which painting I saw. As it turns out, I saw SEVERAL!

When we walked into one of the rooms of the National Gallery I spotted a painting across on the opposite wall and I knew in an instant what it was. It was a bridge…a specific bridge over a water lily pond, belonging to Manet.

(I love this painting more now that I’ve seen it…but really, from up close, it kind of looks like a bunch of random marks.)

I thought that was all we were going to see as we wandered around and found nothing else I recognised. Then as the place was preparing people for closing (probably a half hour warning as we stayed a bit longer) we found a board that told us where all the famous famous paintings were. There on the board I saw the Sunflowers…yes, the very same sunflowers from my e.g. I couldn’t not go to them.

(Not only was there the flowers but there was also HIS CHAIR! Plus a few others – I swear one of them (the less known to me ones) was shown on Doctor Who!)

Then as I turned around I spotted another familiar painting. I wasn’t sure how I knew it though Henri Rousseau was a familiar name to me. I was in awe and it was rather huge!!!

AND THEN…I got to see some Degas and Renoir too! Even though those pictures are less known to me, the ones we saw. But wow!

Talk about completing one of my goals…I think I smashed this one! Made me very happy!