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Old 04-12-2016, 07:29 PM   #21
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Wonderful idea for a thread (and 'captivates' is a good choice - versus just 'like')! A number of my favorites have been covered already, like some other Chicago area people, most of my familiarity with artwork comes from the exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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I'm with Ronstar. Nighthawks is haunting. American Gothic, meh.
Yes, Nighthawks is captivating, loved it from when I was a kid, still do, and it is unexplainable. The scene was recently recreated for a commercial, with actors singing the parts (Jennifer Hudson, a Chicago talent from American Idol and 'Dream Girls' sang the lead in it), pretty cool, IMO. << shortened so that it doesn't fill the thread with a youtube video - click to see the commercial

American Gothic - yes, it's kind of bland in a way, yet, I (and many others apparently) do find it strangely captivating. Just something about the juxtaposition of that couple and the window.

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But two examples that have always intrigued me where art meets technique in ways I can't comprehend:

Sunday in the Park - a beautiful very large piece. What intrigues me is the technique, pointallism, what you see standing back and what you see close up. I can't understand how Seurat did it! ...
Yep, that's always a 'must see' for every visit, and I always find myself spending some time in front of it, and walking around it, just taking it all in.

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Then, let me offer one more as well. I love the ballerinas of Degas, whose flexibility seems nearly infinite as does their depth of focus on the dance.
Yes, the Art Institute has such an amazing collection of impressionists, including the Degas ballerinas, I could fill the thread with them (the Monet haystacks, and on and on). I'll give a link, and then one of my favs - every time I see this from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, I just imagine myself walking into the Moulin Rouge and sitting down and having a drink with this group:

And amble though the collection...

Search Collection Results | The Art Institute of Chicago

OK, one more impressionist fav:

And two more that captivate me (viewed up close, you can see that Picasso painted the guitarist over another painting):

OK, I have to stop!!!


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Old 04-12-2016, 07:39 PM   #22
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OK, not really a favorite, but always 'captivating':

Gustave Caillebotte
French, 1848-1894

Calf's Head and Ox Tongue, c. 1882

Oil on canvas
73 x 54 cm (29 x 21 in.)


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Absolutely spot on! The companion piece of "Pinky" is just as large. DW has a friend who had small copies of both in her bedroom. When I took her to see the originals, she was blown away at the size!

My sister had a drug store reproduction of pinky when we were kids. One of my brothers sharpied a snidley whiplash moustache on it

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Old 04-13-2016, 02:38 PM   #24
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I just returned from a vacation in which I visited the Barnes Foundation, MOMA, and the Met.

I am, frankly, still processing the Barnes collection. To sit in a room no larger than my bedroom and be surrounded by 50 paintings - 20 of them by Matisse - was something that will stay with me a long time.

In a lifetime of loving art, the one that always staggers me is a Vermeer, Woman holding a balance.
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The statue of Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial and Mr. Bean as Mona Lisa. There are just too many.
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Every year Laguna Beach CA puts on this show, with local people in the sets. They developed a system of flat lighting that really makes each scene look like a painting or statue.
It is ninety minutes of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.
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For me, the "favorite" consists of two parts. First, the painting, but intensified by learning the sad romantic story behind the painting, and then doubled up by the wonderful rendition of the story by Loreena McKennitt.

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I interrupt this interesting art lesson for a book recommendation. I recently read "Priceless" by Robert Wittman. It's a true story of some of the stolen artwork that Wittman recovered during his career as an FBI agent.
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Anything by Winslow Homer-as a watercolorist, I particularly like his watercolors.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art - Exhibitions - Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris

Still time to catch Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris.

Three Musicians is one of my favorites.

By Pablo Picasso - artobserved, PD-US,

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