What's your Favourite Painting?

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What's your favourite painting?

Have you had the chance to see it in real life?

(Let's try limiting this to non-EB artists)

Here's mine, "Storm at Sea" by Francesco Guardi from around 1765.

I saw this at a museum when I was a teen and couldn't stop staring at it. The image stuck with me but I never saw it again or found out who painted it. I saw it again recently and knew right away it was the same one from all those years ago.
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Growing up I was always blown away by the ability of Caravaggio and the 'Chiaroscuro' style, trying to capture light and dark beautifully as an art student was to me an impossible task and I had the greatest respect for those that did it as perfectly as he did.

The Calling of Saint Matthew:

A much more modern approach with a twist, but Magritte's 'Empire of Light' for many of the same reasons....
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Haven't seen the former in person, have seen others by him but think this sums up my admiration best.
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:40 pm

My first Caravaggio was a pretty jaw dropping experience ...but my fave painting of all time

Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, The Spinners (Las Hilanderas) or the Fable of Arachne, 1655-60


the original size

after his death it was enlarged which changes the composition


my 2nd is which sharp eyes will notice is in the background of the weavers
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Cool thread. Tough to pick just one. Gonna have to think on it.
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Right now Rapheal Soyer and Charles McCall. Like most, my taste change over time but currently love these two fellas. Sorry couldn't do just one! :hanging:
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Max Ernst - Europe After The Rain

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Andrew Wyeth...."Christina's World"

Andrew Wyeth...."Sycamore and Hunter"
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I'm sure there are better ones if I really think about it but I've enjoyed "New York Movie" ever since I saw it in an Edward Hopper retrospective with a wall of sketches showing his creative process...
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Homer Winslow - The Fox Hunt.


Get to see it with some regularity as it's owned by, and on display at PAFA. One time even got to see it juxtaposed with a slew of KAWS paintings.
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A true classic - The Raft of the Medusa - Théodore Géricault


forget your 24x36 this thing is gigantic in RL :shock:
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The Duel After the Masquerade - Jean-Léon Gérôme


At the Moulin Rouge - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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Too hard to pick a favorite but this one was a treat to see in person...

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Sir John Everett Millais. Ophelia.
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Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:47 pm

cmbubble wrote:Andrew Wyeth...."Christina's World"
This one is mine as well. I finally got to see it a while ago at MOMA, and it was beautiful in person.

Also love Hiroshige's work. They aren't paintings, (woodblock prints) but close enough.
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