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 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 6:47 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Gustave Caillebotte -"Paris Street on A Rainy Day" - 1877 ... smile



 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I've liked this one by Judson Huss for years, since I saw it in a gallery in Beverly Hills (I haven't found the name).

http://morpheusgallery.com/SelectedWorks/SelectedWork.jsp?id=F5A115C54684665D88256E0E007645CF&artistID=52C85811F53357CEC2256DC20051E3A7&selID=7&wt=Huss::%20RIVER%20OF%20MIRRORS:%20THE%20FANTASTIC%20ART%20OF%20JUDSON%20HUSS

One of Beksinski's works that I could just stare and stare at (title unknown):

http://www.belvederegallery.com/Bex/pages/d5.htm

I like De Es' [Schwertberger?] "Mind":

http://morpheusgallery.com/SelectedWorks/SelectedWork.jsp?id=9C7BC191F54EBBCF88256E0F00107618&artistID=F038D02C0E1240AFC2256DC20051E3A9&wt=De+Es%3A%3A+MIND

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

The Garden of Earthly Delights, triptych c.1504 by Heironymous Bosch

Left panel:






Center panel:






Right panel:





Side panels closed:

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm strictly lowbrow: anything by Frank Frazetta, Robert McGinnis, and Alex Ross.

I gaze upon those Bosch works before every hit ordered by "The Man." wink

Seriously, I couldn't choose any single favorite.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

My favorite paintings in the whole world
are the macabre masterpieces that artists
Jaroslav Gebr and Tom Wright created for
the early 70's anthology tv series
ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY. I don't
know how to post pics on this board,
but you can view the paintings at
www.nightgallery.net

My other favorites are by fantasy artist
Boris Vallejo.

Den

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)



The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds, c.1635-40 by Georges de la Tour

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Odlicno   (Member)

I like the Bosch painting above, i went to the Bosch museum a few years ago in Bruges which was ace. I like Klimt's The Kiss, and also the red painted cover of the American Psycho novel.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

My favorite paintings in the whole world
are the macabre masterpieces that artists
Jaroslav Gebr and Tom Wright created for
the early 70's anthology tv series
ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY. I don't
know how to post pics on this board,
but you can view the paintings at
www.nightgallery.net

My other favorites are by fantasy artist
Boris Vallejo.

Den


I always wanted to own one of those paintings!

"Clean Kills and Other Trophies"

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 5:07 PM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

I particularly like Van Gogh's Starry Night

... the swirls, the colors; the flame-like tree whose silhouette makes me think so much of an oddly-shaped castle atop an oddly-shaped mountain...

This other Starry Night of his is very nice, too (I just wish he had not included the couple; the scenery was enough, and they look much too large).


I also love painted (pulp) covers and posters.
In yet another genre, Elvgren, Vallejo and I-forget-his-name made some wonderful paintings whose mastery of anatomy, shading and texture is as impressive as that of "classical" artists.

More specific examples don't come to my mind right now, or I can't remember the titles.
Broadly speaking, I am not interested in totally abstract art; there can be some nice things, but I don't care for haphazard forms and blotches or "one black circle and one green line on white" kind of paintings; whether it's "academic" or pointillism or impressionism does not atter much, as long as the result is pleasant; I like paintings that represent things, whether the artist strives for absolute realism (what we now call photorealism) or offers a more simple, "naive" representation of reality.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

I particularly like Van Gogh's Starry Night

Excellent choice! A print of that painting hangs above our fireplace in the living room.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 7:40 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

Degas:





And Blake:





 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)




 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

The Kramer! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 8:35 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

I haven't figured out how to post photos, but I do collect original old Turn-Of-The-Century-1900 Art Nouveau posters, particularly French-Italian-German, by the likes of Cheret, Mucha, Cappiello, Steinlen, Hohenstein, etc. I've also collected a few old English, Royal Academy, watercolors and paintings from the late 1800s.

As for paintings, I tend to like antique things which have almost a photographic realism, like Canaletto, Alma-Tadema, the Dutch masters, and watercolors by Turner, etc. I also like the impressionists like Van Gogh and Monet.

My guilty pleasure is rain or snow-slicked period Paris street scenes by a very minor painter, Antoine Blanchard. Unfortunately, the "real" ones---the quality ones actually painted by him---are very hard to come by because his paintings---as duplicate copies, or in style---have been forged so much by hacks over the years. In most cases, they even forge the signature.

A good Blanchard---a real one---is pretty easy to detect, but some galleries are offering fakes, presumably without knowledge, for very high prices. Let the buyer beware.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 8:40 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

The Visage of War, c.1940 by Salvador Dali






Guernica, c.1937 by Pablo Picasso

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

I enjoy pretty much everything by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Although he is more highly regarded for his masterful woodblock prints than for his paintings, I decided to include him in this thread nevertheless.

Here are a few samples of his work, which will no doubt be immediately recognizable to many of you:










 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)




I actually own this one myself.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2009 - 10:24 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

I actually own this one myself.

Nice!

It also graces the cover of one of my favorite Cal Tjader albums:

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2009 - 3:30 AM   
 By:   antipodean   (Member)

his other Starry Night of his is very nice, too (I just wish he had not included the couple; the scenery was enough, and they look much too large).

I backpacked through the township of Arles for a few days in 1996, which is where Van Gogh lived and worked for a time. It was very fascinating to see and visit the various locations he painted (we had dinner in the modern-day incarnation of his "Yellow Cafe.")

I have a photograph of Arles from the spot where Van Gogh painted this picture, and it's in my album next to a postcard of the picture. Later, on the same trip, I saw the original painting at the Musee d'Orsay - so many of his Arles paintings resonate strongly with me.

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2009 - 3:54 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

American Nightmare posted some of my favourite Bosch works. I was lucky enough to see an original Bosch (Christ Mocked) in London in 2005.

I would love to have Edward Hopper's atmospheric Nighthawks hanging on my wall!

 
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