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Technically it is brilliant painting, artistically it's warm and mesmerising.
It looks like she has maybe just let the leaves (ar they leaves?) slip from her fingers. And it is part of a tomb?
I have several that I love (paintings/sculptures); for exmaple, I adore Monet. But first, let me choose one that I have always found so intriguing, from Andrew Wyeth (painted 1948) and now at the Museum of Metropolitan Art in New York City ~
It is called, Christina's World:
I remember seeing this for the first time and thinking it was rather eerie, strange, different yet lovely. It raises questions immediately and has a complex atmosphere. This painting brings many thoughts and feelings for me.
And here is what the museum has written about it:
The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist's neighbor in Maine, who, crippled by polio, "was limited physically but by no means spiritually." Wyeth further explained, "The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless." He recorded the arid landscape, rural house, and shacks with great detail, painting minute blades of grass, individual strands of hair, and nuances of light and shadow. In this style of painting, known as magic realism, everyday scenes are imbued with poetic mystery.
Knowing the woman was a friend of his and had polio adds even more texture of meaning to this scene.
@4EverBonded, she's not part of an actual tomb. ;-)
It just speaks to me and defines responsibility, cunning, leadership, and command. A painting of the lost, or never really found, American resolve.
@chrisisall, that is a lovely painting, too. She looks so thoughtful it makes you wonder what she is thinking, what she is doing there. I had not seen it before.
@Dragonpol, the man in the picture has mesmerizing eyes! Like Houdini or some other magician.
@JWestbrook, I've always loved that painting! If I really take the time to look at it, it brings many emotions to me, reminding of of the extremely daunting tasks Washington took on so long ago, when it was never a sure thing that our country would be formed independent of the U.K. I like to think it is a resolve we didn't lose, and have always had. A strong resolve, willing to do whatever it takes, and independent streak is at the core of what it means to me, to be a U.S.A. citizen.
I really enjoy looking at art other people like; and at times I get to see new things, which is great. I like this thread. :)
Yes,@4EverBonded, the man's eyes are certainly fascinating. Looks a little bit like me, too. I found it in a Google Images search, but I've not been able to find it again or find out who painted it or if it is famous. Still, I like it immensely and intend keeping it as my avatar for good.
La nascita di Venere - The Birth of Venus
Saturno devorando a su hijo - Saturn Devouring His Son
and the original:
I myself love most of the impressionists' paintings. My favourite painter from that 'fin-de-siècle' era is Claude Monet. I love his use of colours, the insignificance of people in his paintings and his painting techniques.
Memory of A Journey:
And I am not familiar with L.S. Lowry, @Dragonpol, but I like those quite a bit. Thanks for sharing.
@Willy, go back to your playground now. ;) I think that picture, as a poster, was to be found in a few of my friend's bedrooms in the 80's ...
And I like Magritte - and of course now I always immediately think of The Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce and Rene. :D
Oh, good - didn't know that! Have it on DVD along with The Tailor of Panama and Butterfly on A Wheel but yet to see any of these. I'm on a Brosnan buzz, y'see and I hope to interview him.
Come on, it's not even a painting, Willy. ;)
What's wrong with that? Oh, OK. Consider it "Fixed". :\">
"How good a phrenologist are you? Can you tell what each object in Hitler's head denotes? If not, see other side. Rat - has invaded and betrayed every country with which he had a peace pact; Matches - has burned art and literature; Powder Keg - has tried to blow civilization to pieces; Baby - wants more babies for cannon fodder; Gun - has a gun at the head of everyone in Europe; Pig - wants to hog the world; Butcher - wants to carve to pieces everyone who will not yield to him; Skeleton - brings death and destruction; Cannon - has slain innocent women and children; Haywire and Crack-Pot; Nut - fit subject for the bughouse"
My visit to the Uffizi back in 2007 turned me into a fan and have seen his work in Malta, Rome, Dublin & London, I've also read Andrew Graham - Dixon's excellent biography.
I know Derek Jarman did make a film about Caravaggio years ago but his rather dramatic life is crying out for a film or maybe a series, Italian or English I don't mind.
I could pick plenty of his works but this painting particularly hypnotised me when I saw it in Dublin in 2009, the story behind it's re-discovery is compelling in itself.
Anyone fan of Toulouse-Lautrec?