- I used to love Andrew Wyeth's paintings when I was a kid, but now I see how pedestrian they are, although they are well-executed. I'm drawn to the messiness and visceral pull of Basquiat's paintings, although i couldn't single one out as my favourite.
- It's hard to choose just one. But the first time I saw Van Gogh's "Starry, Starry Night OnThe Rhine, it brought tears ro my eyes.
I saw it as I turned into a long corridor at the museum. It was way at the other end. It caught my attention immediately, and everything else went into soft focus. It seemed to be twinkling and beckoning. As I got closer and saw how the brush strokes had been applied to create this magical effect, I almost lost it. ..
Every time I hear the song "Vincent" I am brought back to that moment. It will be a feel-good memory for me, for the rest of my life.
- I love the paintings of Thomas Hart Benton. He had an interesting technique. He would first make clay models of the figures or landscapes, then use a single light source and paint from that. Everything has the very fluid sort of look. Very imaginative, very colorful, VERY American.
- Starry Night
- Any number of Lucien Freud portraits orFairfield Porter landscapes.
- My mother had a few painting classes with him at the Kansas City Art Institute in the late 40's.
She and the other girls were shocked and scandalized because he believed in free love!
CUE THE SMELLING SALTS!
- R2 I remember the first time I saw Starry Night. I was in the gallery where it hung, looking at other paintings when I noticed a crowd of people all gathered in one place. I went over and peeked over their shoulders to see what they were looking at, and there it was. I didnt even know it was at MOMA! The surprise along with the realization that I was actually looking at one of the most famous paintings in the western canon really blew me away.
- Richard Lindner has been a long time fave...love the pre raphaelites...whenever I am at the Met I make a pilgrimage to Ingre's " woman in a blue dress" ...a technical wonder
- Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein.
- I could never pick a favourite painting, nor could I pick a favourite song. It changes all the time, based on my mood. I'm a painter, and I'm often amused when people tell me what their favourite painting of mine is. Sometimes, it's one I thought I should trash instead of showing anyone. I'm glad everyone has different taste; otherwise, there'd be just one painting in the world, and we'd all agree it was the best and only one we needed.
- GS: "It doesn't look like me."
PP: "It will."
- I took my ex to the Art Institute of Chicago one time. At the time Nighthawks at the Diner and American Gothic were exactly opposite of each other.
He didn't realize that Nighthawks was a famous painting. He thought it was an image on a Starbucks coffee cup he had.
He was a cultural idiot.
- The problem with Nighthawks is that it's been parodied so many times, people DON'T realize it's a painting.
- I love anything by Gustav Klimt, but my favorite is probably Tree of Life. I have the print hanging in my bedroom.
- R13 I love Nighthawks, have since I was a kid. But you're right, its been parodied and (horribly) reinterpreted so many times, I am almost embarrassed to admit how much I admire it.
- Another I like is Salomé by Henri Regnault. I dont know why, its not the sort of thing I go for, too rich for my taste. I think its her expression. She seems to be saying, "Yea, I got the head of John the Baptist. What you going to do about it, bitch?"
- Paolo Uccello's The Battle of San Romano.
- Any painting by that murderous monster, Walter Sickert, that I can rip to shreds!
- I love the portrait work of Zhang Xiaogang.
- r19 -- I was unfamiliar with Xiaogang's paintings, but googled him. They're excellent!
- Thomas Eakins, "The Swimming Hole"
- Caravaggio's painting of John the Baptist in Kansas City
- Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Felt Hat, 1888...Amsterdam.
- r19, that is pretty fantastic.
- Madonna of the rocks by LD
- The greatest painting of all is Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights."
- Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park series. This is #115.
- "The Raft of the Medusa" by Theodore Gericault
- Yes, r27! Love his work.
Somehow I think this is appropriate for DL.
- Trying again
- Alexandre Hogue, "Drouth Stricken Area"
- Did anyone play the game "Masterpiece" when they were little? Even though I lived in the boonies, I really loved several of those paintings (all at the Art Institute, I believe).
- Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Red Hat" (1665-1666).
Allegedly made with a camera obscura.
- I loved playing Masterpiece.
- Wheatfield with crows- Van Gogh
Something so sad and lonely about it, yet also very pastoral . Allegedly was his last painting.
- Emil Nolde and Turner
- Surprised that Henry Scott Tuke isn't considered a god around here.
Apparently Elton John has quite a private collection of his work.
- OK I will admit to my pedestrian tastes. I revel in Alma-Tadema. They are so lush and almost hedonistic. I love them.
- I love stuff by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. Classic. Iconic. Timeless.
- 'Peach Trees in Blossom' by Van Gogh, in the Courtauld Gallery London.
- Portrait of Juan de Pareja--Velasquez
- That room in the Louvre where there used to be:
- Le Radeau de la Méduse (Géricault)
- La Liberté guidant le peuple
- La mort de Sardanapale
- Yes R35 it was his last painting, somehow I feel you can see it when you look at it.
I work some 20-30 min by train or car from the field he painted in Auvers sur Oise. It's very pleasant to visit.
Looks like this today.
- View of Delft by Vermeer, currently at Gemeenten Museum Den Haag. This painting may not seem like much viewed on your browser, but don't trust any reproduction: it is quite stunning once you are before it.
One of the very few exteriors Vermeer painted.
- Also anything by Rembrandt. When I was a kid I was crazy about his Carcass of Beef.
- Francis Cadell, The Orange Blind. When I first saw it I was blown away by how the colors worked together. I've become very fond of Cadell and all the rest of The Colourists.
- I remember my first trip to the Louvre and how entranced I was by the "Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine" by Jacques-Louis David. I sat for hours studying that painting.
I also love anything by Hopper, especially The Usher.
- Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche.
- Eduard Charlemont's "The Moorish Chief." I was awestruck the first time I saw it at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The on-line picture does it no justice. The realism, brush stokes, and play of light are just amazing. The jewels in his sword seem to sparkle from within. I'm drawn to it every time I visit.
- I like Mark Rothko, too. I generally prefer abstract presentations of color relationships to representational art.
- Another Rothko painting:
- I can't pick just one, but the first that came to mind was Guernica. Powerful stuff.
- r48, why do you like that painting? I think it is gruesome, and it set such a horrible tone for the National Gallery in London because that was one of the first paintings you saw as you entered. Albeit I haven't been to London since 1991; I don't know if that is still the case.
- Not R48 - I didn't know that painting at all but I like it, not something i'd place first thing when you enter a museum, but it sure makes an impression. Not sure how I'd feel about it if I saw the original.
Great thread, by the way. Love to discover new paintings and revisit more familiar ones
- I think it is interesting that R53 has such a strong memory of the Delaroche painting 22 years after seeing it in longer. Perhaps the artist got his point across. It was not intended to be a pretty painting.
- Turner did several paintings titled "The Rape of Europa," at least three of which are described as "unfinished." I believe that that's a mistake. They all seem like precursors to his stupendous late paintings, where he abandons any pretense of subject matter, apart from air and light. One of those is my favorite. Which one varies from moment to moment. In more than 150 years since his death, nothing more modern has been painted.
- I love this thread!! Everyone is pleasant and so accepting of one another's taste. Some beautiful art, here. I've discovered painters I didn't know. Thank you for that!!
.. And not a bitch in sight!!
- Re: Rothko. One of my most memorable gallery experiences was at Tate Modern, London. The Seagram Murals had been assembled, along with, as I recall, other late works.
Their power was unique - I've never felt so awed in a gallery before or since. Their mass and solemnity seemed to coerce viewers into silence.
The paintings were compelling: austere, mysterious, commanding, but somehow deeply humane. Unforgettable.
- Whistlejacket, by Stubbs.
- In case you jinxed us, R57: Rubens paints fat.
- I beg your pardon for being OT, but since both are mentioned here, I became curious.
Which painting by Van Gogh, "Sterry Night on the Rhone" or "Starry Night" is considered by experts as more important?
- Starry Night is more characteristic. But Starry Night on the Rhone might be considered more interesting, since it is less well known.
- The Garden of Earthly Delights
By Hieronymus Bosch
Absolutely incredible, it has to be viewed in sections to truly appreciate it's splendor.
- I love fashion illustration. I just saw a great show in Italy about Tony Viramontes who died in the 1980s. He was a bit like Antonio Lopez but more edgy.
- Otto Dix's portraits smack of personal commentary and wonderful pointed anti nazi messages. Hitler hated him and the article the other day in the NYTimes about him tells a little of this 20th century German portraitist. Pic to follow...
- Beautiful Otto Dix portraits at link.
- R65, no question of Dix's importance, and his faces were often extraordinary and even devastating, but do you really think that he was principally a portraitist? It seemed to me that those wonderfully executed faces were a means of characterizing the society that he was depicting, rather than the individuals, which is what I'd expect in a portrait. "Portrait" generally connotes a single subject or group of subjects whose likeness is the point of the painting, rather than a figure or group of figures included in a painting that is not primarily about any of them.
- R38 I love Alma Tadema too, and I don't care if its pedestrian! Love Among the Ruins and Coign of Vantage of my favourites, I make up long and complicated stories about what's going on in these pictures.
My all time favourite is Las Meninas by Valazquez. I was lucky enough to see it for real in Madrid at the Prado. One of my lifetime high moments.
- I mentioned Guernica earlier, but I also thought of Rothko...another vote.
- Post a pic, please, R69. I always like seeing what other people like. Here's another from me:
- Always liked Photorealism, especially those old aluminum diners and street scene storefronts.
- R2, here.
My posting was about Starry Night On The Rhone. Yes, Starry Night is the iconic painting, and undoubtedly a masterpiece.
But, for me, personally, SNOTR is the more beautiful work. The reflection of the lights from the shore, glistening in the water, is to die for.
I'm even getting verklempt just writing about it.
- Can't believe nobody has yet mentioned "Boys in a Pasture," Winslow Homer - probably the one painting I would save in a nuclear war. Obviously, when I went to the Boston Museum of Art to see it, it was on loan to another museum. Rolling my eyes.
Also Jean-leon Gerome's "Recto Verso" (Thumbs Down) in the Phoenix Museum of Art - just lovely and lusty. I like him as an artist - he'd be on my short list.
Goya, of course - any of his macabre paintings are masterful, very Rembrandt-like.
Spitzweg - Romantic German painter.
Illustrator Maxfield Parrish needs to be mentioned.
- R73 (among others), it sure would be nice if you could include a picture.
- When I was a student in Boston, I went to the Gardiner, knowing very little about art, and with little interest, frankly. I wandered from room to room until I saw this painting -- The Rape of Europa by Titian -- and could not stop looking at it. The composition, the color, the sheer beauty and drama of it all -- I was flummoxed by the whole experience of that painting. I go back every time I'm in Boston and still feel the power of it.
- Turner's Rape of Europa at the link. This one from the Taft Museum; the other versions are similar -- unlikely that they're all unfinished in the same state of completion.
- I am going to DC Sunday to see the Van Gogh exhibit. 30 years ago we saw the almost complete Van Gogh exhibit at the Smithsonian. The only well known painting we did not see was a "Sunflowers" that was in Japan at the time.
We had the galleries entirely to ourselves. The only protected painting was "Self portrait", the one with one ear. We walked right up to Starry night, Olive Trees, San Remy....The Master had a quarter inch of paint in one brushstroke, bare canvas peeking though in another. We were so close we saw the master's brush hairs stuck in the paint. The most beautiful things I have ever seen. Starry night is my favorite. I look forward to seeing "The Postman", a painting of his drinking buddy which is featured at the Phillips collection.
- He did several versions of The Postman, R77, a couple of which were in the blockbuster show at the Met several years ago -- shockingly, one of the labels went into great detail on the price of the painting. It was deeply disturbing to see that addressed in a museum.
- I was already a fan of Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte. Then I saw Sunday in the Park with George which inspired me to learn more about Seurat and the painting. I visit the Art Institute every time I go to Chicago and spend a little time with the painting. Now it feels like an old friend.
- Wow, some of you bitches have horrid, pedestrian taste.
- Two Sisters 1944 by John D. Graham
- Frederick Church
- Sargent's portrait of Henry Lee Higginson. He is the old man I am becoming.
- R80, I'd be curious to know what you consider pedestrian. I'd also like to know what paintings or artists you do like.
- Then there's Sargent's Mr and Mrs Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, mainly for its expression of Sargent's homoeroticism in Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes.
He looks like the kind of man who takes his dick out and feeds it to you hard.
- When we had one of these threads several years ago, someone linked to a Soviet Realism painting of a couple getting married amidst construction. Does anyone remember what it was? I thought it was lovely.
- The homoeroticism of Socialist Realism is under appreciated.
- R3, Benton is one of those painters where seeing the work in person makes all the difference. Prints don't do any painter justice, but it's really pronounced with him. In "Romance", the glow of the moonlight on the figures is really beautiful, but it doesn't show up in prints at all.
Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People is really amazing in person.
- R3 I had sex in his house, no lie. This ancient old man gave myself and the bf a guided tour through Benton's house in Kansas City. At one point he had to leave and said "come down to the studio and we will finish the tour". BF and I just stood there staring out the window and when I was certain that he walked across the drive I said "Let's do it, get out of your clothes, we're fucking in Thomas Hart Benton's house".
It was great fun. That was in 1997.
- I love Sargent's portraits! So lusciously beautiful, yet cruelly incisive. Some of the portraits reveal incredible anger, self-absorption, idiocy, or insecurity. Or sadness, as in this sketch of Princess Alexandra.
And his brushwork is lovely to behold in person, there's a wonderful freedom to the brushwork, yet the result is gleaming and lovely.
- Sargent's portrait of a frau in drag.
- I'm partial to "Killing Machine" by Brandon Bird, myself.
- Thomas Hart Benton was a raging homophobe, possibly because of repressed homosexual tendencies.
- I like "The Polish Rider" by Rembrandt.
I loved Monet when I was young.
- The original LOL cats...
- About ten years ago or so, I was holidaying on Maui with r80. After a vigorous morning of boogie boarding, we went to Lahaina for lunch and happened upon a Thomas Kincaide gallery (tm). We were both transported to a world that should be. Charming country cottages. A simpler and more fulfilling life. I was transfixed but Melvin (r80s real name) fell to the ground weeping and cried out, WHY GOD WHY? WHY CAN'T THE REAL WORLD BE SO IDYLLIC AND KIND?
When we got back to Cleveland I dumped his ass because he paid five grand for a fucking giclee.
- Thomas Anschutz's "the Ironworker's Noontime".
- I love Wayne Thiebaud's paintings, and this one is probably my favourite. It reminds me of an incredible pasty shop I visited in St Petersburg, Russia, with all the beautiful cakes laid out on display. I don't think WT gets his proper respect; he really was a precursor to Warhol and all the other pop artists, who found beauty in the mundane.
- Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan, Diego Velasquez
Because it's so fucking hot.
- Absolutely love Velasquez, Carravagio, Monet, and Van Gogh. From the last century, Hopper and Lichtenstien. Also Matisse.
- I love Edward Hopper's works.. My favorites are "Nighthawks" , "Ground Swell" and "French Six-Day Bicycle Rider"
- Yes R63. The Garden of Earthly Delights is at the Prado, right? In Portugal we have the Triptych of Temptation of St Anthony.
When I was a senior in high school we visited it after school with a teacher (it was just something he offered to do for those who were interested, it had nothing to do with "school") and stood for a good 45 minutes in front of the painting while he was commenting on the symbolism of the various details to the very interested audience. I could have listened for hours.
One of the most memorable afternoons of my life.
- Thank you R73! Of course, being a lesbian, the only painting I knew of Winslow Homer was A Summer Night.
- Wow R99! Hottest picture in ages.
- Paul Klee.
Senecio is a fave.
- R13 and R15, I have a photo of Nighthawks using peeps (the Easter candy).. It's kind of a parody of parodies.
- R106. If you like peeps, you need to check out the book "Bitter with Baggage, Seeks Same." It's a series of dioramas using peeps and props that is one of the funniest books I've ever seen.
- This was always one of mommy dearest's favorites.
- R103 - WOW! I have never seen that before. What a delight. Thank you. :-)
- Link to Guernica as requested upthread.
- I'm with R37 . Don't know why Henry Scott Tuke isn't more popular with the DL crowd.
AND hot young men!
- R37 and R111 - yes, I've seen his works before, very talented, and lovely nudes.
However, if there's a reason why he's not more talked about, it has to do with how taboos change, sometimes counter-intuitively. By that I mean, in the 19th Century, I guess these types of paintings were viewed innocently, just males playing nude, as how perhaps people would do in paradise, naturally and nude. And there is nothing vulgar about the paintings from what I see - they are painted honestly.
Meanwhile, in today's era, in light of the pedophilia scandals in the RCC and in some sports institutions, most people are hypersensitive about even the perception of being predatory and exploitive; thus, there probably won't be much discussion about it here, even though he was unquestionably one of the most talented gay artists.
- Quite a few of your favorites on this thread are in this (very funny) video.
- I've always been partial to the landscapes of Rockwell Kent. No other artist understood the play of light on snow like he did, and as far as I know no other major artist ever went to Greenland to paint.
- Icebergs by Frederick Church. Amazing in person.
- Yo Guernica!
- I love John Singer Sargent. How can I name just one? How about "Dr. Pozzi at Home"
- I like Tomas Nemec, a young painter in Prague.
- Nice, R118. Here's another from Tomas Nemec:
- I would have loved to hear the "Oh, Dears!" when viewing this classic Picasso at the time...
- Well, it's actually the [italic]commentary[/italic] that's so Oh, Dearworthy, R120, but I'll play.
Let's leave the best for first:
[quote]This paintings was painted in 1907.
- I love landscapes by Monet.
- alice neel's portraits
- Best painting I've ever seen of moonlight
Arkhip Kuindzhi--Moonlight on the Dneiper 1880
- A few years ago I saw a retrospective of an artist from Finland who I had never heard of, Helene Schjerfbeck. I loved it so much I bought the huge book from the exhibition, something I never do.
The retrospective mentioned in the comment is exactly what I saw.
- Gustave Caillebotte
Rooftops in the Snow
- This one's even more startling:
- More Helene Schjerfbeck and I'll stop here:
- Love this thread. From Caillebotte I love this one, "Les raboteurs de parquet" (1875)
- Anselm Kiefer sulemith
I always thought he was under-rated, compared to Richter.
- [quote] I could never pick a favourite painting, nor could I pick a favourite song. It changes all the time, based on my mood.
Sarah Palin, is that you?
- Another vote for Stary Night. Also saw it at MOMA. Did not disappoint. See it first because there is a lot of crap at MOMA.
- [quote]Another vote for Stary Night. Also saw it at MOMA. Did not disappoint. See it first because there is a lot of crap at MOMA.
I'd like to buy a consonant.
- R133 for Wit.
- This one. The original hangs on the wall by my bed. The colours are much softer and powdery. It's a bit kitsch but the face is very sweet & it reminds me of someone.
- The Black Prince at the Battle of Crécy, Julian R. Story, 1888, oil on canvas, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia
The picture does not do justice to the original 11ft. x 17ft. size.
- I was wondering when someone would be posting their own personal stuff. Should I be glad it wasn't a puppy?
- Thomas Kinkade. Seriously
- This is my latest favorite, after visiting the Masculin/nilucsaM shoe at the D;Orsay last month. Marsden Hartley.
- Okay that should have been "show at the D'Orsay." Very few shoes in evidence there, in fact.
- R140, "We can't find the news you want. Please use the menu."
- I like Jesse Trevino. This is one of my favorites. The way the sheet is flapping.
- Sorry, r141, I'll try again.
- So much of Peter Paul Reubens, "Judgment of Paris"
Yeah he paints Fat, but it is a fine alternative to Bible stories.
Visited the Alte Pinakothekuld Museum in Munich, there was the most cavernous gallery I have ever seen of BIG scale Rubens!! Just goddamn HUGE room of these massive canvases, each one more stunning & mesmerizing than the last.
Between jaw dropping spectacular paintings, I mused just how much of this art work was stolen by the Nazi's. I guessed most of it.
It really was something to behold.
Another one for Starry night.
- R144, here is one of my favorites from the Alte Pinakothek, genius Albrecht Durer's autoportrait. A bunch of fraus prevented me from getting close as they were having their art appreciation class and were forming a semi circle around it. But I'll be back in April and watch out if they're still there.
- That's nice, R143. Thanks for reposting it.
- Another jaw dropping moment on my last visit to Munich was at the new Brandhorst museum (displaying one man's collection of modern art, including dozens of Cy Twombly). Here is one of two large rooms devoted to Twombly, showing only a portion of the room.
- R119, reminds me of "Weekend" the film.
- pablo goldenberg. amazing artist,
- The thing about artists like Twombley and Rothko is that their paintings rely so much on their large size to create a presence. If they were smaller paintings, would they have as much power? Would they be good paintings?!? I like their art, but I'm not sure they're great. Or, perhaps their greatness is that they thought to think on a large scale?
- I was really awestruck by Edouard Manet's "The Bar at the Folies Bergere" when I saw it in person. This crappy image at the link doesn't do it justice at all. You really feel as though you just stepped up to the bar and this poor unfortunate girl asked you what you'd like to have. I guess that would be Manet himself in the reflection on the right.
- I'm sorry, but I think of Rothko's work as examples of design or craft, more than true artistic genius. Come on. Really? It's almost as bad as saying "I love Ellsworth Kelly!"
- Vilhelm Hammershoi-great Danish painter of interiors.
I viscerally love this, but he's done better interiors with amazing light effects.
- Obviously, R152 is one of those who think a painting has to be [italic]of[/italic] someone or something. I hadn't heard of Ellsworth Kelly until you mentioned him, but yes, I do like his kind of art. Thanks for the introduction.
- George Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jette
I find many of Claude Monet's works very peaceful
- I think that Rothko and Twombley are doing interesting studies, but I do not think that they're creating art.
- More Rothko:
- More Rothko:
- More Cy Twombly:
- Paul Jenkins:
- Paul Jenkins' "Yellow Eye":
- Paul Jenkins' "Yonder Near":
- Paul Jenkins' "Uranus Burns":
- I love the one of the lame girl in the field twisting to look at the farmhouse.
- the drapers' guild line up shot by Rembrandt v. Rijn.
If you study the genre this type of portrait was always a pencil plain dull peon to moneyed jerks, and they generally look it.
ONLY rembrandt can instill these fat plutocrats (a drapers' guild?) with wisdom and saintliness. I could stare at it for hours.
- And more from Paul Jenkins:
- So what's the story behind Night Watch R165? I never really understood it. There was a plot? Rembrandt used the painting to expose it? What's the story?
- Michael Sweertz "A Wrestling Match."
- One for the ladies by Paul Delvaux
- R164, that's Andrew Wyeth, "Christina's World". I also think that's one of my favorites.
- I've come to really love Gustav Klimt. I find his paintings endlessly fascinating.