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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:19 pm    Post subject: Favourite pictures/paintings/artists  Reply with quote

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):
















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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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:



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Claude Monet - The Magpie:



Doesn't that just make you feel as though you're there on a freezing snowy day?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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:








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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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    )
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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


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