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Favorite paintings and art?

What are your favorite paintings or art and why?

by Anonymousreply 6302/22/2013

I love Andrew Wyeth's work. So beautiful and forlorn.

by Anonymousreply 102/03/2013

Guernica - haunting

Sistine Chapel - overwhelming

Michelangelo's David - majestic in it's simplicity

Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte

by Anonymousreply 202/03/2013

I love Basquiat's work. His paintings have tremendous energy, and I love how you can see that something that momentarily catches his eye -- a passing plane, a tv commercial, etc -- finds its way to his painting. I also love Wayne Thiebaud's paintings, because he transforms something that we see every day -- pies, cakes, etc -- and makes them "art." He was a forerunner of Warhol, making art of something that was previously not considered a worthy subject of a painting.

I'm a professional artist, and I find inspiration from both of them. Check out my website!!!

by Anonymousreply 302/03/2013

Antonio Gisbert's [italic]El fusilamiento de Torrijos[/italic]. It beautifully and poignantly captures men bravely facing their execution. A very haunting image.

by Anonymousreply 402/03/2013

The abstract expressionists. Pollack De Kooning and Rothko of course. I was a little kid and saw a magazine article about Pollock and was fascinated. I thought I could do that and proceeded to make my own Pollack with a paint by numbers paints and a blank canvas. I was proud of myself. Wish I had kept that painting. This art movement and the American Arts during these years have always been my interest. Have read many books about these artists and this era in the arts.

by Anonymousreply 502/03/2013

I love old Dutch art as a general thing, they knew so much about light and space. Visiting the Rijksmuseum was so much fun!

And the Impressionists, but everyone loves the Impressionists.

by Anonymousreply 602/03/2013

Venus de Milo

by Anonymousreply 702/03/2013

"The Subway", George Tooker

by Anonymousreply 802/03/2013

I love nature, but never want to visit: Hudson River School.

by Anonymousreply 902/03/2013

A local artist here in Saratoga Springs Franke Flores. His work s poetic and fits in with the area.

by Anonymousreply 1002/03/2013

Photorealism --

I saw Richard Estes when I was 6 or 7 and was hooked.

For other American art --

I also like Hopper, for giving the empty landscapes I often crave.

For the old guys --

Caravaggio's light and dark

by Anonymousreply 1102/03/2013

I love Modigliani's portraits.

by Anonymousreply 1202/03/2013

[quote]Wayne Thiebaud

Love his streets and hillsides.

by Anonymousreply 1302/03/2013

Hopper! Especially "Chop Suey" and "Nighthawks" they way they capture the era.

by Anonymousreply 1402/03/2013

Bronzino's Portrait of a Young Man. The arrogant little bitch, I love him.

by Anonymousreply 1502/03/2013

Las Meninas by Velázquez

by Anonymousreply 1602/03/2013

This bodhisattva at the freer gallery in DC. It is so serene.

by Anonymousreply 1702/03/2013

I remember sitting in front of Caravaggio's The Deposition of Christ when it was on a tour of Vatican artworks. I must have sat there for a good 20 minutes, just submerged in that canvas. I am a huge fan of Caravaggio ever after.

Also a Kandinsky fan. The idea of tring to give visual expression to the concepts of harmony or rythym is compelling.

by Anonymousreply 1802/03/2013

Klee - Fish Magic

I can't explain it; I just love it.

by Anonymousreply 1902/03/2013

I saw several of Mark Rothko's rectangles but really didn't get the whole thing until I saw some of his early work -- he painted the places and things that most artists do, but as time went along, suddenly, there were these rectangles appearing in otherwise unremarkable works.

As more time passed, the rectangles overtook everything else, and then he died.

by Anonymousreply 2002/03/2013

John Singer Sargent

by Anonymousreply 2102/03/2013

Sounds like Piet Mondrian, too, R20.

by Anonymousreply 2202/03/2013

Just too many to list, ok, I'll try,... George Gobel, Mildred Norbert, Guillermo Nunez(his abstracts), Frida Kahlo, Lorenzo Ghiglieri(bronzes), Gina Douglas, Kathy Wright, Antonio Guerrero, Paul Braslow(bronzes),... I'm going to bed.

by Anonymousreply 2302/03/2013

My favorite has always been Rauschenberg. Can't articulate why, his work just has an effect on me.

by Anonymousreply 2402/03/2013

Barbara Kruger

by Anonymousreply 2502/03/2013

I really love Jean-Honore Fragonard's "The Swing". He was a quintessential Rococo painter in aesthetics but unlike the typical Rococo artist who merely fawned like loyal dogs to their aristocratic patrons, Fragonard injected a bit of subversion into his work.

In "The Swing" you look at it and think it's just a frivolous painting of some aristocratic woman swinging carefree in some enchanted garden. But upon closer inspection you see that the woman is the mistress of the man on the bottom left and the man on the bottom right who is pushing the swing is a Catholic priest. This is a commentary on both the excesses and amorality of the French aristocracy during the decadent last years of the "Ancien Régime" and also of the Catholic Church which was, as we all know, riddled with corruptions and bribes.

by Anonymousreply 2602/03/2013

All of art began, and ended, with Warhol's Campbell's Soup painting.

The. End.

by Anonymousreply 2702/03/2013

What I loved about the soup can was how subversive it was -- and a big fuck you to the straight piggy self-regarding men that were the mainstream artists at the time.

by Anonymousreply 2802/03/2013

Wrong, r27. That was Marcel Duchamp's "The Bride" during the 1913 Armory Show. Art was never the same after that. He changed the way people thought about art.

by Anonymousreply 2902/03/2013

Michelangelo's David! I spent more than an hour staring at him-not just because it's a statue of a good looking naked man, but because the thought of somebody carving that thing out of one piece of marble is just mind blowing.

And another piece of art I really admire is Toni Frissell's photo "Weeki Wachee". It's such a spellbinding underwater shot of a model floating in a lake.

by Anonymousreply 3002/03/2013

I enjoyed the backlash against YBA -- Stuckists attacked from the painting flank, but even art fans jumped on them.

Too bad many YBAs are now Royal Academicians.

by Anonymousreply 3102/03/2013

Damian Hirst

by Anonymousreply 3202/03/2013

I always enjoy works by Les Nabis -- Bonnard, Vuillard., Denis. I like the color and pattern mixes and the realism of he portraits.

I love portraiture in general so Modigliani and Sargent fit thaere. A great fan of Gustave Caillebottes work as well. He was fascinated by architecture but equally adept at human forms as well

by Anonymousreply 3302/03/2013

Futurists -- not only for their paintings but for their manifestos. The best are the manifestos that argue with other manifestos.

Their British cousins, the Vorticists.

by Anonymousreply 3402/03/2013

The Girl With the Pearl Earring, reminds me of the Mona Lisa...women with haunted smiles.

by Anonymousreply 3502/03/2013

R24 = hoarder.

by Anonymousreply 3602/03/2013

Edward Hopper...the cafe painting.

by Anonymousreply 3702/03/2013

[quote]Edward Hopper...the cafe painting.


by Anonymousreply 3802/03/2013

Grant Wood -- especially the face of the soldier on his stained glass masterwork.

by Anonymousreply 3902/03/2013


by Anonymousreply 4002/03/2013

Not a painting but... Lord help my neighbors if I ever win the lottery. I play on having a replica of the Collosus of Rhodes put on my front lawn.

by Anonymousreply 4102/03/2013

Algerian Girl by Renoir.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 4202/03/2013

Anything by Red Skelton.

by Anonymousreply 4302/04/2013


[quote]Balthus' style is primarily classical and academic. Though his technique and compositions were inspired by pre-renaissance painters (especially Piero della Francesca), there are also eerie intimations reminiscent of contemporary surrealists like de Chirico. Painting the figure at a time when figurative art was largely ignored, he is widely recognised as an important 20th century artist.

Many of his paintings show young girls in an erotic context. Balthus insisted that his work was not pornographic, but that it just recognized the discomforting facts of children's sexuality.

ignore the discomforting facts and look at his body of work

intensely interior, looking at a painting one is forced feel the psychological charge

by Anonymousreply 4402/04/2013

Raft of the Medusa

by Anonymousreply 4502/04/2013

Jackson Pollock.

I had a vague respect for Pollock and was always annoyed by the idiots who say a kid could paint them. First of all, they are technically difficult and far from random. The fact that someone else could copy an artist's work after the fact does not diminish the originality and power of the art.

Then I saw a Pollock retrospective at MoMA. The painting are vastly different from each other (in the context of his style). The scales and textures are important and they can't be conveyed in a photograph. They were hauntingly beautiful and I felt transported. Great experience

by Anonymousreply 4602/04/2013

Abstract expressionists. Mark Rothko. Richard Diebenkorn (see link). Paul Jenkins.

by Anonymousreply 4702/04/2013

Correct link for Richard Diebenkorn:

by Anonymousreply 4802/04/2013

Predictable as hell, but Michelangelo's David. Saw it in person and was transfixed. Not just a beautiful work of art, but also significant as an appreciation of the male form that was obviously (at least to me) created from the perspective of a gay man.

Somebody who isn't a cheap bitch (read: me) should create a Gay Art/Artist thread. Art is one field where so many of the great practitioners were gay, or at least dabbled in the homosex. Some of you must have dish on Warhol or Basquiat or Keith Haring.

In a biography a few years ago, it was suggested that Jackson Pollock had gay lovers, which was vigorously denied by his friends and family. He was portrayed as a total womanizer in that Ed Harris movie. Basquiat's bisexuality was also completely ignored in that Julian Schnabel biopic.

by Anonymousreply 4902/04/2013


you asked, you received

by Anonymousreply 5002/04/2013

My favorite painter is Maurice Utrillo. Yes, his work is probably considered bourgeois kitsch of the second tier today but I find his supreme use of color and perspective incredibly moving. When you read about his life (aloholic at age 10, bouts of insanity and hospitalization, made a national hero in the 1920's, controlled by his mother and in later years by his wife) it is fascinating to consider what you see on the wall with what his life was like. For Utrillo's last 30 or 35 years he was basically kept a prisoner and cash-producing monkey by his family.

I read somewhere that Douglas Sirk had planned to direct a biopic about him after he left the US for Europe in the early 1960's. What a movie that might have been!

by Anonymousreply 5102/04/2013

Thanks, R50!

by Anonymousreply 5202/04/2013

Dali - Christ of Saint John of the Cross

After all his surrealistic melting clocks, etc, who knew he was a master of anatomy, light, and perspective?

by Anonymousreply 5302/04/2013


by Anonymousreply 5402/05/2013

"The Ambassadors" Hans Holbein the younger.

The optical trick with the skull has always intrigued me.

by Anonymousreply 5502/05/2013

The Sacrament of the Last Supper, a painting by Salvador Dalí (1955) is in the National Gallery of Art in DC.

For some years, it was moved out of an exhibit gallery and was displayed in the museum's gift shop. I wonder if the Gallery director didn't like Dali.

When standing before the painting, it seemed as if you could reach right in and pick up the glass of wine.

by Anonymousreply 5602/07/2013

my friend posted a bunch of photos online and now he's calling himself an artist and continually talks about photos - check it! lol

by Anonymousreply 5702/17/2013

I like the work of Thomas Cole and some others in the Hudson River School.

by Anonymousreply 5802/21/2013

I love Marc Chagall. I have no idea why. In my most Maryest of moments, I look at his work and feel like he just whispered a secret about humanity.

by Anonymousreply 5902/21/2013

Thomas Eakins, "Swimming"

by Anonymousreply 6002/21/2013

The deco work of Tamara DeLempicka

by Anonymousreply 6102/21/2013

I've always loved this one, because it's the weirdest thing in the whole fucking Louvre.

by Anonymousreply 6202/21/2013

That's a good one R60

by Anonymousreply 6302/22/2013
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