On a quick trip to Washington D.C., I popped into the Corcoran Gallery — a historic private collection right next to the White House. I hadn’t been there in years, and this visit reminded me what a gem it is.
The Corcoran’s emphasis is on American art, but it also displays an excellent array of European masterpieces. Interestingly, its collection is said to be outgrowing its 100-plus-year-old Beaux-Arts building and it will likely move in the coming years. But I suggest you go now, while its holdings are still heavily edited to fit the existing galleries.
What you see now is the creme de la creme: Amazing paintings by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Sargent (pictured), Bierstadt and all the impressionists — all easily viewed in a couple of hours. I took a bunch of photos but won’t post most of them, because digital images do not do justice to these crushingly beautiful paintings. Go see for yourself if you possibly can.
(And from the Department of “Now You Tell Us”: The Corcoran’s Free Summer Saturdays program runs through this weekend, Sept. 1.)