VISIT ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS TO SEE THE MASTERS
WORDS BY DIVYA SEHGAL
It was the first gallery I visited on my first proper trip to London – I remember the day well. It was on one of the early weekends of the New Year, and my friend and I, students at Cardiff University at the time, decided to take a Mega Bus to London and spend the weekend discovering the city. She was more interested in markets, while I had planned the trip around one of my favourite artists’ exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. As an art lover who had never seen the originals of any of the Impressionists or Post Impressionists artists, I was determined to change that now that I was so close to London.
While my friend wandered around Camden’s Stables Market, I spent my Saturday morning queuing in the pouring rain for Van Gogh’s exhibition. You could tell most of us were newbies to the London art scene – after all, we hadn’t bothered booking tickets for one of the most popular exhibits of the year.
Since then, I’ve gone back to the Academy every year for many of their special shows. One of my first dates with my now husband was seeing Degas’s dancing ballet girls. This year, they are showcasing the Russian Revolution – something I know little about. Another first!
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD. Phone: 020 7300 8090