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Didb72  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 243)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 4:34 AM


We all know that the price of paintings and other pieces of art are out of reach for 95% of us, but if you had the possibiltiy to get one painting from a museum on loan for free to put in your living room which one will you go for?


Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 5:33 AM

It's a toss up, but Seurat's "Grand Jatte" is too large.

So Luncheon on the Grass, Edouard Manet's controversial classic which you can see at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 6:07 AM

I would have to have a new house because mine is a sculpture. "Apollo and Daphne" by Bernini I saw this at the Galleria Borghese in Rome. I am not a fan of sculpture normally but this one took my breath away. There is no way to explain it adequately.....a picture certainly does it no justice. It is exquisite and it is on my bucket list to see it again before I croak.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 10:25 AM

Being a bit "weird", i love anything by Hieronymus Bosch. Is dance art ? If so Shakira !!!!

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 10:36 AM

Those Dogs playing poker.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 10:53 AM

Grant Wood's "American Gothic"

Marynuala  (Level: 141.3 - Posts: 996)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 12:22 PM

Pre-Raphaelite painting “Love” by John S Clifton (but then I love all Pre-Raphaelite works!)

Wordster  (Level: 167.7 - Posts: 938)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 12:24 PM

OMG! I've almost found myself agreeing with Colliure! If I you had asked me that 2 days ago I probably would have said something by Rembrandt. Then last night I saw a program by Manet and I think I might be tempted to pick that painting Lunch "sur L'herbe". If I start agreeing with his politics I don't know what I'll do.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 12:37 PM

Anything by Van Gogh. Prints just don't do justice. Or maybe one of Modigiani's portraits.

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 12:55 PM

I like Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase

And I like this poem that describes the painting:

Nude Descending a Staircase
by X J Kennedy

Toe after toe, a snowing flesh,
a gold of lemon, root and rind,
she sifts in sunlight down the stairs
with nothing on. Nor on her mind.

We spy beneath the banister
a constant thresh of thigh on thigh;
her lips imprint the swinging air
that parts to let her parts go by.

One-woman waterfall, she wears
her slow descent like a long cape
and pausing on the final stair,
collects her motions into shape.

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 12:56 PM

Sorry, Steve, neither the Left nor the Right agrees with me. Been that way for a long time.

Love van Gogh too, Sandy. Awesome paintings.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:01 PM

Why is the Manet painting controversial?

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:04 PM

Obviously...Lunch on Grass is a pot reference.

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:05 PM

Dali's 'Girl At The Window' is my fav, I wonder what she is thinking as she looks out and contemplates all that has gone and all that will be....beautiful painting

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:13 PM

Oh Chick - that was funny!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:18 PM

The self-portrait of Gustav Courbet would be fun to live with for a while.

A few of the prints I've had on the walls over the years - Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night hung over the kitchen table for ages, our little round breakfast table looking like an extension of the scene Starry Night, Skeleton with Cigarette, Bridge at Arles, Bedroom at Arles have all decorated my rooms for a season. Picasso's Guernica dominated the living room during my black-and-white phase; Jacques-Louis David's Napoleon in his Study (beautifully matted and framed by the National Gallery and given to me as a wedding gift 30 years ago) hangs next to the history shelves in the bedroom now - love David's work.

Marsha, I so agree about the Bernini. I've never been fortunate enough to see it in person, probably never will, but even in photographs it seems to breathe. Absolutely stunning, excellent choice. Canova's Terpsichore is also a beautiful piece, and I've loved the ancient sculpture of Laocoon and his sons since I first discovered it in our World Book Encyclopedia when I was a girl.

Great topic!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:18 PM

Chick is always funny. Wish she would show more presence!

Wordster  (Level: 167.7 - Posts: 938)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:20 PM

Sandracam, I don't think the painting is controversial now but it was then. Manet was taking a huge shot at the establishment. Public nudity as depicted in that painting would have been totally unacceptable then. That aside Manet was a superb artist.

Cujgie  (Level: 183.0 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:22 PM

A landscape by Turner or a lush jungle painting by Henri Rousseau. Maybe Hopper's Nighthawks.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:24 PM

I see, thanks Wordster!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:28 PM

Oh, and Smokey, I have a nice print of "Bedroom at Arles". I saw the original (I think in Amsterdam), and it made me feel good!

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:38 PM

Sandy, one interpretation of Luncheon on the Grass is that it depicts prostitution in the Bois de Boulogne park.

A subject known to Parisians but never put on canvas.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 1:50 PM

How grand!

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 2:03 PM

Oh, but to make a statement about it with a painting is grand.

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 2:17 PM

I like the angular, colorful expressions of Jacob Lawrence's migration series. I have some postcards of the series which I think are utterly beautiful. I also like Archibald J Motley, Jr.’s 1960 Barbecue.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5677)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 2:19 PM

The art that my kids did for me when they were in kindergarten...and which I still have!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 2:20 PM

Yeah, kid's art is always amazing!

Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6804)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 2:21 PM

By the way Artist descending a staircase (which might have started life as a radio play?) by Tom Stoppard owes a lot to the picture 'Nude descending a staircase'

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 2:36 PM

Christina's World by Wyeth has always been one of my favorites. So has Starry Night by Van Gogh. I've been a long time fan of Jackson Pollock who numbered his paintings as time went on. There's a fabulous collection of his work at MOMA in NYC.

Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 2:48 PM

Nightwalks, by Edward Hopper. It's absolutely HUGE and hanging in the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. I have a reproduction, but it's so not the same. I can't even describe how it makes me feel. That's what so cool about art, each creation speaks differently to whoever views it. Thanks to Didb72 for such a great thread!

Here's a link from Wikipedia:


Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 2:50 PM

Oh, yes, Wyeth! But Christina's World depresses me. I love the Helgas, bought a museum print of this one in Boston when John and I were first married, hung over our bed for 10 years:

I like Jamie, too, always admired his portrait of JFK.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 2:52 PM

A few Toulouse-Lautrec originals would be nice - the Divan Japonais one

or any of the Moulin Rouge ones in the Musee Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi.

There are also some Goya sketches in the Musee Goya in Castres that went on tour recently that will not be seen again for years (if at all). I was lucky enough to see them there and in Edinburgh. They'd be nice - if you can use 'nice' to describe a Goya work.
Always liked Bonnard's 'Nude Against the Light' too.

Failing all of that, can I have this Vermeer please?

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 2:53 PM

I like Nighthawks, too, Emily, makes me feel 10 years old. Lots of wonderful parodies.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 14th Jun '09 7:44 PM

I love Miro and Dali, also love French impressionist, Van Gogh, Starry Night and Gaugin when he was in Tahiti the colors are amazing. Also the Titian period is beautiful.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 1:57 AM

That's a no-brainer -- Michelangelo's 'David' (after I add on to the house, of course)

More realistically, I'd love to have one of Chuck Close's paintings, perhaps a self-portrait, perhaps the portrait of Bill Clinton.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 2:39 AM

It's been fun, and an education, checking out some of the favourites mentioned here. A good thread which has been very well responded to.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 2:57 AM

Here's the Courbet. Do yourselves a favor, ladies, don't look him up, age was not kind.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.6 - Posts: 2776)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 3:10 AM

Most of Buffet or Turner - but not side by side!


Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 3:31 AM

I like all of the works mentioned above & more but just to be a rah rah Canadian I'll say After The Bath 1890 by Paul Peel because its so innocent & comforting to look at & Jack Pine 1917 by Tom Thompson which truly represents the Canadian Wilderness.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3847)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 11:08 AM

The unspoiled grand vistas of wilderness by the master artist.

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 11:56 AM

I love pretty much anything by Dali. Other than that my favourite pieces of art would have to be the colored scribbles from my four year old niece. Their styles are surprisingly similar.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.4 - Posts: 1025)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 12:43 PM

The Nighthawk reminded me of the Monet exhibit in Chicago years ago when we got to see some of the Water Lilies and Haystacks with our own eyes. They still fascinate me, but as others have said, reproductions just don't do them justice.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.4 - Posts: 1025)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 12:46 PM

"Most of Buffet or Turner - but not side by side!"

I'd buy tickets to see Jimmy and Tina perform together.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 1:01 PM

I love Monet.

But this is my favorite painting ever:

Dad praying for his sleeping child

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 1:46 PM

I would love to have the original of this Doolittle. Its called "Let My Spirit Soar." I love how her reflection in the water is seen as the birds soaring into the sky. For some reason, it really moves me. I have a smaller print of this but would really enjoy the original.

Other than that, I would prefer a better camera and the means to have my own pictures made into wall size art, framed & matted. Its not too many places where you can stand and take a picture of a river and see clear to the bottom. Has anyone seen Smoke's amber waves of grain from when she came out to Idaho? Its stunning. Those are the pieces of art that move me more than some abstract painting by someone famous.

Oh, and I would turn my bedroom ceiling into a planetarium so I could sleep under the stars.

Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Mon, 15th Jun '09 1:59 PM

My favourite is The Light of the World by William Holman Hunt, a Pre-Raphaelite artist. He painted three versions, one of which is hung in St Pauls Cathedral which is about three minutes from where I grew up. I used to go in the Cathedral quite often as a child and the painting always struck me as beautiful. I studied it a few years ago on an art course and there is a lot of symbolism within it, including no handle on the door. Christ knocks but you have to let him in.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 1:03 AM

I once had the pleasure of seeing all 3 parts of Monet's Waterlillies. I'd say that, but again, building on would come first. Other than that, I also really love Dali's Persistence of Memory and anything by M.C. Escher.

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