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Shaker

Favourite pictures/paintings/artists

New thread for members to post piccies of their favourite art (broadly defined - it can be anything you like, really). I'll go first with an all-time fave of mine, the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840). I'm absolutely nuts about this artist, frankly: I've loved his paintings deeply and dearly since I was a teenager. I don't think I know anything quite so evocative: many are very moody in that typical eighteenth century Romantic (capital R) way. Many of them are quite mysterious if not downright mystical, haunted by death and are laden with Christian symbolism, if you know what to look for (Friedrich was a devout man who had a tragic life):















LornaDoone40

I've never come across Friedrich before, but they are extremely evocative.

I love Van Gough - 'Starry Night' is a particular favourite:




and 'Irises, Saint-Remy'




I love the French Impressionists, but I also am very partial to Dali, particularly his painting of Lady Mountbatten:


Shaker

Claude Monet - The Magpie:



Doesn't that just make you feel as though you're there on a freezing snowy day?
LornaDoone40

Nodding my head vigorously  

I have to say that I am now pretty inspired to go and look further at the work of Friedrich - aside from the artistry, which is very special, there is a deep emotional quality that genuinely reaches you.

Work to see 'in the flesh', most definately. I shall have to keep my eye out for any chance to do so.
Shaker

Absolutely. It's a pity I can't post full-size images, but then, even if I linked to them, full-size in a PC monitor isn't full-size in any case    Very often you do need to see paintings like his full-size to catch all the nuances and finer details, especially with some of the paintings like The Stages of Life, his last major work.

Meanwhile, another painter to whom I'm devoted - John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93). His sunsets are spectacular but I've never seen any other artist paint moonlight as realistically as this:







LornaDoone40

A brief search via Google suggests that the majority of his work is in Germany so I am unlikely to be seeing it any time soon.  :(

I am planning a hop up to London soon to the V&A though - not sure if they have anything specific there right now, but it is a favourite stop of mine every couple of years or so. (Just me - no kids, a whole day to myself in the V&A    )
Ketty

Beautiful pics Admin and Lorna.

I like all sorts . . . old and modern.  I enjoy Beryl Cook, David Hockney, Ken Done, Jack Vettriano and I do prefer a 'proper' picture, so am not taken with Jackson Pollock but yet enjoy Picasso. I get most pleasure from pictures that I can weave a story around and imagine myself in them or imagine the story behind them.

Been looking for ages for links and got lost in enjoying the pages instead of returning here to post them.  Smilie_PDT
Lexilogio

Admin - you want to visit Leeds City Art Gallery - there is a room devoted to the paintings of John Atkinson Grimshaw.

How do you choose - there are so many GREAT paintings.

I've always been fond of this one:
The Reverend Walker Skating by Raeburn


I will leave it at this now - as the internet keeps crashing on me.
Shaft2101

Ah the second pic in the OP is one a friend of mine used for the cover of his book ... I had no idea it was actually a famous painting  :o
Shaker

Famous one that, Shafty - The Wanderer Looking Out Over a Sea of Fog.
BevIsHopeful

Oh, Admin I do like your artist very much.  I've never heard of him.  I particularly love no. 3 in the first set.  Beautiful!  

My favorite artist has always been Marc Chagall.  I first learned about him when I just happened to be in Philadelphia in '85, the year he died, and there was a special showing of his art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  I instantly like him, but later I read his autobiography My Life, and I began to see his art was merely a visual extension of his very thoughts.  

I have a youtube channel with several videos I made with his art.  For the second video, I took from his autobiography, which sealed for me the love I have for his art.


Link



Link
krysta25uk

Mine is also Friedrich.

The third one in the OP is my favourite.
Pukon_the_Treen

I'm very familiar with Casper David Friedrich; my favourite Romantic artist.  I always associate him (unfairly) with that slightly creepy myth-based nationalism that German Romanticism would evolve into, but they are undeniably beautiful pictures.

This is one of my favourite pics:



It's popularly called 'The Vampire', but Munch never intended the image to be vampiric (though that is a pretty cool interpretation). I think it was originally just 'Love and Pain'.

Now slightly less 'high brow', here are a couple of pics I love from Rodney Matthews (you may recognise his work from Hawkwind album covers and similar:



and



Always a picture that inspires me!
Tricky Dicky

admin. wrote:
Famous one that, Shafty - The Wanderer Looking Out Over a Sea of Fog.


Made especially famous when Penguin stuck it on the front cover of their Nietzsche anthology.

How refreshing to find Friedrich spoken of so highly by Admin and Pukon. He's after all such a "spiritual" artist - both in avowed intent and in the effect he seems to produce on people. And here we have two non-believers responding powerfully to his work. Make that three - I think Friedrich would be my favourite Romantic artist now - it used to be Turner, but Friedrich seems deeper somehow.
Pukon_the_Treen

Tricky Dicky,

Quote:
How refreshing to find Friedrich spoken of so highly by Admin and Pukon. He's after all such a "spiritual" artist - both in avowed intent and in the effect he seems to produce on people.


Yes, it's spiritual but not necessarily an entirely human spirituality ... it's very much that same Romantic notion of being awestruck, overwhelmed, dominated and enraptured by nature itself that you find with Wordsworth.

Most of his pictures show people lost in nature or dwarfed by it, made insignificant by it, implying a loss of individual identity to the greater forces at work in the natural world.

Unfortunately that's how some of his work makes the unhappy step towards nationalism; the individual personality lost within the almost supernatural or superhuman 'national identity', but as I said; very beautiful and powerful pictures dispite that slightly dark connotation.
Tricky Dicky

Pukon_the_Treen wrote:
Unfortunately that's how some of his work makes the unhappy step towards nationalism; the individual personality lost within the almost supernatural or superhuman 'national identity', but as I said; very beautiful and powerful pictures dispite that slightly dark connotation.


Yes - and it certainly makes me a bit uneasy to realise that Friedrich was one of Hitler's favourite painters, just as Wagner was his musical idol.

I rate Wagner pretty highly, too. However, I believe that Hitler's musical taste was almost confined to Wagner worship, whereas I like to think that my sympathies are somewhat wider  :)


In Friedrich's paintings there is not only that sense of the individual personality being dwarfed by the immensity of nature (esp. Monk on a Seashore), but also poignant sense of the evanescence of all material things. This may be why nearly all of his human figures are painted with their backs to the viewer, so as to lead the eye out towards the infinite.

Because of this curious idiosyncrasy, I think that the one painting where there is a character looking back is considered not to have been finished by Friedrich himself (it's the 4th painting that Admin loaded up, above). Anyone know anything about this?
Conspiracist

I have no idea how to post images, so I can't show you any examples, but I like Bridget Riley.

Edit: I'm quite fond of William Latham as well


Link


Edit: Thank you very much jesusislord!
BevIsHopeful

Tricky Dicky wrote:

I rate Wagner pretty highly, too. However, I believe that Hitler's musical taste was almost confined to Wagner worship, whereas I like to think that my sympathies are somewhat wider  :)


I too have become a Wagner fan of late, but I never realized how Hitler's exclusive "Wagner worship" had affected the music of others, in particular Felix Mendelssohn.  Hopefully you can click the link here and listen to the recent NPR story about the recovery of many of Mendelssohn's lost works, works that were hidden all throughout the world when Wagner declared a moratorium on Mendelssohn's music and attempted to eradicate it altogether.  

I was really surprised to learn this had happened.  I hope you can listen to this broadcast if you are across the pond.
ceramic

The painting of the "Secret School" (Krifo Sxoleio)

This painting is a personal favourite.
A scene of a secret school with the venerable figure of an old Orthodox priest reading by candle-light to a group of young men in the traditional attire of the Greek "klephts" ... the Hellenic-Orthodox spirit alive in art.


Nikolaos Gyzis, The Krifo Scholeio, oil painting on canvas, 1885/86 Emfietzoglou collection, Athens.

In Greek history, the term Krifó scholió or Kryfo scholeio (lit. "Secret school") refers to illegal underground schools for teaching the Greek language and Christian doctrines, provided by the Greek Orthodox Church during the time of the Ottoman occupation in Greece between the 15th and 19th centuries.
BevIsHopeful

Beautiful painting and story.  Thanks for sharing it.
Farmer Geddon

Loving these Images:












And more to be found @

http://inspirationfeed.com/photog...d-photographs-a-k-a-cinemagraphs/
trentvoyager

Oh the lovely Anthony Perkins again...
Farmer Geddon

I really like this one as well:

trentvoyager

I was just wandering through the past in my mind and this painting came to me.

I first saw it in the National Gallery when I was 18 (ish) and it has remained a favourite ever since.




Christ Before The High Priest - Gerrit van Hornthorst
Derek

This is my little grandson. The clip really makes me laugh. He is just 9 months old and this is the first time he realised that he could sing. He starts with a quite few notes then realises what he can do and sings out loud. Look at how serious his face is. He is my little man. I put it on here so I could watch it whenever I want to and to make you smile.


Link
Ketty

Ralph2 wrote:
This is my little grandson. The clip really makes me laugh. He is just 9 months old and this is the first time he realised that he could sing. He starts with a quite few notes then realises what he can do and sings out loud. Look at how serious his face is. He is my little man. I put it on here so I could watch it whenever I want to and to make you smile.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LITkxjDrH0A


I love it when babies make happy noises whilst enjoying eating.  He seems to be thriving after all the early set backs you told us about when he was spending so much time in hospital.  I trust your daughter is over her depression and coping well.  

One presumes you have the parent's permission to advertise him?  
Rose


Fantasy Comments & Graphics

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Lexilogio

Think you are having a few issues with your BBC code there, Rose, although I can see them in the reply.
Rose

Lexilogio wrote:
Think you are having a few issues with your BBC code there, Rose, although I can see them in the reply.


BBC code?

I can see them, perhaps it's because I am using an iPad.

If I click on reply it comes up as code.

Oh well

Julie
Derek

Rose wrote:

Fantasy Comments & Graphics

~Magickal Graphics~


I liked this so much that I have downloaded it for my wallpaper. I see them all perfectly and am loving them.
Rose

This looks interesting you can add glitter to your own photo.  

http://www.glitterphoto.net/

We could have thread on people's creations, see who is the most creative.

Julie
trentvoyager

MODERATORS NOTE:

I have removed the discussion on non-displaying images and placed it in The Bear Pit.

TV
Rose

animated wallpaper

Hi Ralph

If you like images of moving water there are some you can download here, I think they are free.

http://www.desktopanimated.com/nature-fresh/

Julie
Rose

I can't post these images, because I don't think it would work but there is an artist who is bringing movement to some Art classics

Quote:

Watch these paintings come to life: Artist animates classic works of art
Italian Rino Stefano Tagliafierro used around 100 images

The 34-year-old experimental animator and director used 2.5D effect
Called Beauty, the series of images move from landscapes to portraits


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...puter-wizardry.html#ixzz2sctCIxLp
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook




I don't think that link works try this one

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...ting-using-computer-wizardry.html

This is the artists website.

http://www.rinostefanotagliafierro.com/beauty_video.html

Well worth a look.

Quote:

One of the more graphic pieces animates Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio which was painted in 1598-99.






That one is a bit grim though, blood and stuff
Dr Who

I think they are very clever and it is a shame I can't post them here.

( if you click on the pictures with a camera it will do a bit of a slide show )

More here
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA97AF686C7760DB2
Julie
JMC



Icon of "the Hospitality of Abraham" by Andrei Rublev (early 15th Century)
ELEVENSES81

Shaker wrote:
Absolutely. It's a pity I can't post full-size images, but then, even if I linked to them, full-size in a PC monitor isn't full-size in any case    Very often you do need to see paintings like his full-size to catch all the nuances and finer details, especially with some of the paintings like The Stages of Life, his last major work.

Meanwhile, another painter to whom I'm devoted - John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93). His sunsets are spectacular but I've never seen any other artist paint moonlight as realistically as this:










I first saw this painting of Leeds on Paxman's series about Victorian art and was blown away by the pinkish glow. For a self-taught artist, Grimshaw was outstanding, but both in his own day and today his technique is thought crude by the experts - as if they could paint like him.
Ketty

My current, at this second, favourite pic:


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