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.
Originally Posted by donheff
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.
Originally Posted by Midpack
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.
Originally Posted by W2R
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...
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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!!!