Saturday, March 11, 2006

TWQ: Works Of Art

This week, TWQ (The Weekend Question) looks at works of art:

Which works of art have always impressed you, whether you have actually seen them or not?

My answers are:

Olympia by Eduard Manet (Musee D'Orsay, Paris)

The Lady of Shalot by John Waterhouse (Tate Britain, London)

Wedding Feast at Canaan by Paulo Caliari (Louvre, Paris)

The Raft Of The Medusa by Theodore Gericault (Louvre, Paris)

The Return Of The Prodigal Son by Rembrandt van Rijn (The Hermitage, St Petersburg)

I have had the pleasure of seeing all of the above.

Now it's over to you...

23 comments:

Star said...

I have been to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, the Dali Museum in Florida, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I liked many of the pieces in all the museums, but usually pieces that depict somethng I can recognize. Nit abstract stuff.

Professor Xavier said...

The work of art that I have probably found the most moving would be the last Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calendar. Rraawwrrr!

sage said...

sounds like you've been in some nice art muesums... I like several of those, especially the Return of the Prodigal Son... some of the others I will have to look up. from Michele's.

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Have not had the pleasure of seeing any of them. But if ever, I would like the The Return of The Prodigal Son.

Daydreamer of Oz said...

I'd have to say any Vermeer although I've only seen them in pictures :(

Nic said...

I've never seen the real things but I love Van Gogh's Starry Night, Starry Night Over the Rhone, Cafe Terrace at Night, Thatched Cottages, The Church at Auvers, and Cypresses.

Though she is a modern artist I also love Kathy Womack's works. http://www.kwomack.com/main.html

Im Chele In [dot] LA said...

Ansel Adams
Moonlight over Hernandez..
The graveyard that is shown in the image is where my grandfather was buried

Rowan said...

Klimt: Die drei Lebensalter

I find the work rich on so many levels.

Kat said...

I love anything by Roy Lichtenstein. Girl With Hair Ribbon is on my wall. I hope to be able to purchase one of his original works someday (i.e., win the lotto).

Also:

Degas' ballerinas

Monet's waterlilies (become even more phenomenal after you've visited Giverny)

Renoir's Jeune Filles au Piano

(I'm a little into impressionists.)

la la la I can't hear you said...

I have a degree in art so I could take a long time here, but works seen in person that have been the most amazine to me include: John Singer Sargent's massive painting El Jaleo and the tomb of Duchess Maria Christina of Saxony-Teschen by Antonio Canova, and I also once got to lay on my back at night and look up at the mosaics of Basilica San Marco lit in a way that made it look like candle light. Amazing.

Michele sent me.

mrsmogul said...

I will tell you which painting DID NOT impress me. THE MONA LISA at the Louvre. I was like, "WHOA..that's it? What's so special that they have to bullet proof that sucker?"

Jaime H. said...

Evening and Sorrow by Gustave Moreau ( Musee Ephrussi de Rothschild, France, have not seen).



The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania
The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania

both by Sir Joseph Noel Paton (National Gallery, Edinburgh, have seen both)

I also enjoy the portrait work of John Singleton Copley.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Great examples there! You all have fine taste.

rashbre said...

I immediately thought of Starry Night, which I have seen, for real. I like Nighthawks at the Diner, by Hopper (also seen) and the perpetual motion machine in the Saatchi in London (which is an amazing installation).

Stonehenge is also pretty cool as a combination of art and worship is a steam locomotive like a Castle Class 4-6-0re (Terence Cuneo painted a few of these).

Sun Ray's mono photography is great (the iconic eye) and Ansell Adams American landscapes and Andy Goldsworthy photographs of nature.

I happen to think that where are and design meet can be good too, such as the industrial design of an iPod. A form and function thing, really.

Good question!

Here today via Michele's - excuse my stream of consciousness. I should also have mentioned the Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens work as well ;-)

rashbre said...

'scuse the text above went a bit screwy part way thru. Sunday fnigrs

Karen said...

It would have to be the one at the Art Institute in Chicago. Geez, the name is escaping me. It's made of small dots and it's people in a park. OK. I'll leave now that I've revealed my complete artistic ignorance.

Michele sent me....

Linda said...

The first "people" drawing my daughter did, when she was only 2! She's going to be a gifted artist one day.

Maybe then, I'll be able to quote something other than the oh-so-obvious: Mona Lisa, Last Supper, Starry Night, etc....I'm pathetic.

Michele sent me!

kenju said...

Karen, it is Sunday in the Park by the pointillist artist - whose name escapes me at the moment.

Jean-Luc, I have been to the Metropolitan in NYC many times, and the painting that has made the biggest impression on me was Dali's Crucifixion. I don't know where it lives all the time, but I saw it at the Met. The way he painted the fabric on Mary's robe it looks so real you could touch it and think you were touching the real thing. Also, the corss appears to be floating in mid-air.

I love Edward Hopper, and his realistic paintings also. Michele sent me.

aka_monty said...

In Okieland, our museum is the Cowboy Hall of Fame, which does indeed house some beautiful pieces.

But I'd have to say my favorite art pieces are ones I have prints of on my walls.."The Reader" by Monet and "Spring Bouquet" by Renoir.

Hi, Michele sent me today! :)

Gyrobo said...

I don't enjoy art... I make art. Every day, in fact, because art imitates life. And life imitates art.

It's like a temporal paradox, which I assume you are familiar with. After all, we can't all be matadors, can we?

Shane said...

Madonna and Child (c. 1335):Bernardo Daddi

Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo

School of Athens: Raphael

I've never had the pleasure of viewing these in person

Ciera said...

Do my nephews fingerpaintings count?

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