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    I am so lucky to be a painter myself, and, although I am deeply affected by the work of many great and well known artists,
    my own work elicits my strongest responses, both positive......and negative.
    I do like Rembrandt, he was VERY good.

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    I want the painting of Van Gogh's self portrait with the bandage on his ear (after he cut it off!)
    Not so much for the painting itself, but for the story behind it

    Van Gogh was crazy as hell!



    .....and of course his "Starry Night"
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    My favorite painting is by a Canadian artist named Alex Colville, and it hangs in the art gallery in Hamilton, Ontario. It's a painting of a horse raising down a set of railway tracks at night towards an oncoming train. We can easily imagine what the results will be if the horse continues on its current course.

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    Among the various paintings or masterpieces that I have seen, I still like the "The Last Supper" oil in canvas of Jacopo da Ponte detto Bassano.

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    All of painting like it

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    One of my favorite paintings.

    The School of Athens

    By Raphael



    Here are annotations naming who the figures were. (Leonardo depicted as Plato, and Michelangelo depicted as Heraclitus )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jovialis View Post


    One of my favorite paintings.

    The School of Athens

    By Raphael



    Here are annotations naming who the figures were. (Leonardo depicted as Plato, and Michelangelo depicted as Heraclitus )
    That's a really good question. I don't know if I have just one.

    Da Vinci:Lady with an Ermine


    Francesco Hayez: The Kiss


    Giotto: The Kiss


    Wheat field with Cypresses in Provence-Van Gogh


    I had no appreciation whatsoever for Van Gogh until I saw his work "in the flesh": the paint is caked on, making them almost three dimensional, the colors are so bright they wound the eyes. They're all spectacular.

    Picasso: Portrait of a woman with folded arms: one of the saddest paintings I've seen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    That's a really good question. I don't know if I have just one.

    Da Vinci:Lady with an Ermine


    Francesco Hayez: The Kiss


    Giotto: The Kiss


    Wheat field with Cypresses in Provence-Van Gogh


    I had no appreciation whatsoever for Van Gogh until I saw his work "in the flesh": the paint is caked on, making them almost three dimensional, the colors are so bright they wound the eyes. They're all spectacular.

    Picasso: Portrait of a woman with folded arms: one of the saddest paintings I've seen.

    Great choices! I don't have one single favorite either, when it comes to art, or most other things like music. There's so many great works to choose from.

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    Saint Jerome Writing

    by Caravaggio

    I really like his work as well.

    When I was younger I had thought of pursuing art in school. It was one of my favorite subjects. Though I never advanced past pencil drawings.

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    It's a matter that goes a bit to periods. Today I’m undecided between the "Weltgerichtstriptychon" by Bosch, the "Ortolano" (the "Vegetable Gardener") by Arcimboldo, “The Night Cafè” by Van Gogh and "Mystery and melancholy of a street" by de Chirico...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jovialis View Post


    Saint Jerome Writing

    by Caravaggio

    I really like his work as well.

    When I was younger I had thought of pursuing art in school. It was one of my favorite subjects. Though I never advanced past pencil drawings.
    That's another great one.

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    I've always liked this John Singer Sargent "Portrait of Lady X". It has the distinction of being a portrait where the artist begged leave to paint it, and strangely for modern sensibilities, caused a tremendous scandal. Yes, it's obviously portraying a woman who uses her sexuality, but it is such a distant, elegant, aristocratic sexuality, that I wonder if it's even recognized today. Anyway, I like it mostly for the modeling and the contrasts.


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    Nice one Angela!

    Here's another one of my favorites:



    The Tower of Babel

    by Pieter Bruegel

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    I have to agree with all of you that said there are so many... Depending on my mood, museum, it is always the one that touches me at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jovialis View Post
    Nice one Angela!

    Here's another one of my favorites:



    The Tower of Babel

    by Pieter Bruegel
    Great one. Forgot about Bruegel.

    You know, when I was a teen-ager, my teachers were intellectually oriented nuns from a French Canadian order: big emphasis on the French language, French philosophy (not just Descartes and Voltaire, but the existentialists. How many Catholic schoolgirls were reading "The Plague" in French, I wonder? :)) It extended to French art, mostly of the Impressionist school. I still like some of it, (again, really only in the flesh), but not to the extent I once did.

    One of my old favorites which I still like:

    Renoir: Girl by the Seashore


    Renoir again:


    Millet's "The Gleaners" is one of my all time favorites of any genre:


    @Wheal,

    You're right. I couldn't begin to list them all, but certain styles, certain artists have appealed to me more at certain points in my life than at others.

    I've quite gone off impressionist paintings of delicate women in long dresses in flower gardens, and as I'm sure you know, I love flower gardens, and as should be obvious here, I'm a sentimentalist and romantic. Maybe part of it is that so much modern impressionism consists of bad copies of the originals.

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    I prefer Michelangelo's Last Judgment. The Bosch is too grotesque and nightmare inducing. I always feel like I'm back in elementary school listening to the sister talk about how we're all going to hell if we don't go to Sunday Mass. For weeks I had nightmares that my father, who never went to church, and was a fierce anti-cleric, was in hell being tortured by devils. He almost pulled me out of the school.



    I love his too:

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    The Birth of Venus: Botticelli. So beautiful. What the heck is wrong with the internet, btw. Is it too "lewd" for the whole painting to be shown? What an absurdity. I could find only one representation of the whole painting!



    Spring: Pierre Auguste Cot


    Fragonard...for the sheer joy of it.


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