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Favorite Painting of All Time

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Gallileo, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Flaneur

    Location:
    Perth Australia
    So what's it called, and who painted it?
     
  2. CaptainFeedback1

    CaptainFeedback1 It's nothing personal.

    Location:
    Oxfordshire, UK
    At the moment, it's this one by Maria Helena Vieira da Silva - Passage Des Miroirs (Passage of Mirrors) Oil on Canvas (1981)

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  3. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Flaneur

    Location:
    Perth Australia
    I tend to like artworks that have an air of mystery, where it's not immediately clear what is going on, and it's possible to spend quite some time pondering on the meaning.

    For this reason I always liked "Cahill Expressway" by Australian artist Jeffrey Smart. There was actually an entire anthology of short stories, "Expressway" by various authors, with each story taking inspiration from this painting.

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    The painting depicts an actual location in Sydney.
     
  4. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Born In The 50's

    Location:
    NJ
    I like art too much to have one favorite painting, but my favorite painter was Salvador Dali. This one is an excellent representation of his style, combining surrealism, optical illusion, and homage to another important artist:
    Slave Market With The Disappearing Bust of Voltaire (1940)
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  5. The_Windmill

    The_Windmill Forum Resident

    Location:
    Italy
    What if Sironi, Magritte and Hopper raised a kid together.
     
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  6. LarsO

    LarsO Forum Resident

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  7. Fremad

    Fremad Forum Resident

    Location:
    Australia
    I also love the slightly hidden crucifix in one of the corners.
     
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  8. Fremad

    Fremad Forum Resident

    Location:
    Australia
    Oh yes, her work is brilliant.
     
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  9. Fremad

    Fremad Forum Resident

    Location:
    Australia
    Likewise. Especially when the painting has extremely subtle symbolism.
     
  10. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    Location:
    Amsterdam
    Reminds me of the Italian proto-surrealist Giorgio de Chirico:

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  11. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Flaneur

    Location:
    Perth Australia
    ^^ I can see the similarities between Smart's work and that of Chirico above, and other artists such as Magritte that people have mentioned, from the surrealist school. However Smart was not a surrealist, more a "hyper-realist", or "precisionist", as Wikipedia describes him. His paintings do not show impossible things or contradictory things in the manner of Magritte; objects do not appear bizarrely scaled in relation to one another. His paintings could be actual scenes. However there is usually some puzzling or disturbing feature in the painting. In "Cahill Expressway", for example, we wonder why the man is there, all by himself. Is he intending to try and cross the road? It looks a very dangerous place to do so. The absence of any other people, or of any traffic at all, in a location that's clearly built to accommodate large volumes of traffic, lends the piece a slightly sinister air.
     
  12. Fremad

    Fremad Forum Resident

    Location:
    Australia
    I thought the exact same thing.

    I immediately thought of the painting, "Mystery and Melancholy of a Street".

    Even though they're quite different works, I think it was the solitary person and the use of colours that made me make a connection.

    On first glance, both paintings also seem quite straightforward, then have more intrigue.
     
  13. steelinYaThighs

    steelinYaThighs 'Cause Music Is What I Want

    Location:
    U.S.A.
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    John Brack, "The Bar," 1954.

    - siyt
     
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  14. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    Laurie Lipton, a current favorite artist of mine.

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  15. Today it’s “Son of Man” by Magritte
     
  16. Fremad

    Fremad Forum Resident

    Location:
    Australia
    Not exactly a "painting" in the traditional sense, but really getting into Hermann Nitsch's work again. It's quite hypnotising.
     
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  17. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    Especially if you enjoy slaughtering animals.
     
  18. Fremad

    Fremad Forum Resident

    Location:
    Australia
    Well, I suppose that's true. But I don't enjoy that aspect.

    I just really find the main canvas works to be really hypnotising. Comes across as absurd, but the dense red imagery seems to put the mind in a good place.
     
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  19. joethomas1

    joethomas1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    West Yorkshire, UK
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    Pope I (Study of Pope Innocent X by Diego Velazquez) by Francis Bacon (1951)
     
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  20. TheNightfly1982

    TheNightfly1982 Forum Resident

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    The Swing by Jean-Honore Fragonard (1767)

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    Autumn Afternoon by Thomas Moran (1864)
     
  21. JKCanuck

    JKCanuck Forum Resident

    Location:
    Ottawa
    This One:
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    Mystery and Melancholy of a Street by Giorgio de Chirico
    And this one:
    The Jack Pine: Tom Thomson
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    I've been to the site where Thompson got his inspiration for the painting in Algonquin Park.
     
  22. The Snout

    The Snout Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cleveland, OH
    Untitled Yves Tanguy at the Chicago Art Institute. It's a good thing they put it in storage — I've missed so much other fine work in the hours I've spent staring at this thing.
     
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  23. Fahzz

    Fahzz Forum Resident

    Location:
    Outside Providence
     
  24. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Location:
    Marple, PA, USA
    I was at the Tampa museum Sunday and saw it! great
     
  25. Fremad

    Fremad Forum Resident

    Location:
    Australia
    At the moment it would have to be Still Life 1957 by Endre Bálint.

    Every emotion is drawn to it equally and I just find it really intriguing and engaging.
     

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