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    Artists You Like

    I thought it would be interesting to see what type of art everyone appreciates. It can be painted, photographed, sculpted, printed, mixed media, whatever. This is for art on the professional level. Please note artists, year, name of art, etc. if you can. Note this is not for music, unless the musician also does professional art of some kind.

    I'll start with Andy Warhol. Who changed art forever. This is called Sam, Pink Cat.

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    I've always liked Dali. You have to love somebody who was kicked out of the Surrealists movement for being too commercial. I also like the absurdity of Jeff Koonz.
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    I've always like Dali, but my favorite is Peter Paul Rubens. I have been very fortunate in my life to live in 2 cities with a wonderful Rubens collections.

    My father used to take me to the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and the 4 massive Rubens cartoons (paintings done as a template for large tapestries) were so impressive, that I have been a Rubens lover ever since.

    Bob Jones University here in Greenville also has a very nice collection of Rubens's work.

    To me, just the sheer size of the cartoons was impressive, but he has always captured the human form so perfectly. The defined muscles, movement, flesh, its just amazing as are the colors he used in his paintings. I am always just in awe of the amazing talent he had.

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    My favorite Old Master is Vermeer; there isn't much of his work left to see but I love what there is. For drawings, Da Vinci.
    This is my favorite Vermeer, The Artist In His Studio


    For newer artists, I like Dali also, but my favorite is Roberto Matta. Probably because I first saw his work after I did a whole series of drawings and paintings that could have been influenced by him, but it was only a coincidence...

    Matta, Watchman What Of The Night?, 1968




    MRD, I've seen the Rubens works in Sarasota also. I like them a lot, too. Some of those women in the pictures you didn't show remind me of me when I was younger, only blonde
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    I'm a big fan of Egon Schiele. Still haven't figured out posting pictures, but a lot of his work is too shocking for here, anyway.
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    I've always like Dali, but my favorite is Peter Paul Rubens.
    Who would have thought that Peewee Herman (aka Paul Rubens) was such a talented painter?! Personally, I'm partial to the guy who came up with the chrome "reclining nekkid chick" mud flaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newfherder;2798567;
    Who would have thought that Peewee Herman (aka Paul Rubens) was such a talented painter?! Personally, I'm partial to the guy who came up with the chrome "reclining nekkid chick" mud flaps.

    Uh oh, I feel coming on again
    Coincidentally Pee Wee Herman is also from Sarasota where you could drive by the adult theater he was arrested in until it was torn down to build a shopping center a few years ago.


    Queenb, I think I like Rubens because I've always been "Rubenesque" and looked a lot like the women in most of his paintings. Now there was a man with an appreciation of a "true" female form and not some "ideal".
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    I'm going to learn so much in this thread. I haven't been to any great museums and would love to just spend a year travelling the world, seeing them all!


    SuperBrat: Yes, Dali is cool. I have to check on Dean Koontz. The name rings a bell but photos are eluding my memory at this time.
    myrosiedog: Those as amazing!!
    Newf: Pee Wee Herman does those? Meowza! I'm shocked. Mudflaps....
    Gutmutter: I haen't seen Rogerto Matta's work. Very interesting. You should post the work you did on My Art thread for us to see. Please! I'll have to look up Egon Shiele.
    queenB: DaVinci. Wow. He is fabulous! That is a beautiful choice. Is it hanging in your living room?

    This artist who specializes in fantasy art caught my eye and I am happy to have two of his prints hanging in my house. His name is James C. Christensen. I bought them at a time when I was not very happy with the real world. So I escaped into his.

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    misskitty, I love The College of Magical Knowledge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;2798492;
    I'm a big fan of Egon Schiele. Still haven't figured out posting pictures, but a lot of his work is too shocking for here, anyway.
    I love Schiele too! You're right - probably not PG-13. I love his use of line and form in those portraits. When I was in NYC last year, I saw quite a bit of his work at the Neue Gallery. If you're a fan, and find yourself in the city, I highly recommend it. There's actually a new book coming out about him - I think it's fiction - called The Pornographer of Vienna. I think it comes out in June. I'm definitely going to be getting that one!

    I have many artists among my favorites and quite a few that I can't stand. Among them are (sorry Miss Kitty) are Andy Warhol and Thomas Kinkade (who I shudder to call an "artist"). I don't like their work visually, but I also hate the fact that they didn't/don't do their own work. It's well know that Warhol often had others in The Factory create the work and Kinkade has a workshop full of people who paint in his style. A friend of mine worked for him for a while. He's a good businessman, but that's about it. Honestly, when I'm at Borders and find a book of his work in the Art section, I move it into Home Decorating My friends are mortified, but I can 't help myself.

    I'm a big fan of the Expressionists - Marc and Kandisnky, especially - as well as many of the Russian painters from the early 20th century, the Italian Futurists, Abstract Expressionists of the 50's, Old Masters like Rubens, Rembrandt and Durer, Contemporary artists like Yves Klein and Wayne Thiebaud (who lives about 5 miles from me and who I've met ). My minor in school was Art History and I work in the field now, so I'm constantly encountering new artists that I love.

    Miss Kitty - I'm very familiar with Christensen because of his Shakespeare paintings. I actually have the print he did many years ago for the Folger. I met him about ten years ago and he couldn't have been nicer. He's really the only painter I like that does fantasy-type work and I generally am not a fan of those artists who churn out work for the Greenwich Workshop. I hate all that "whales in space" crap. Christensen's large works of huge crowds remind me a bit of Bosch...you know, without the violence and freaks! I always thought his Rhymes and Reasons would be adorable in a nursery.

    Last January, my boss and I went to NYC for a long weekend and went to pretty much every art museum in Manhattan. It was pure heaven. That's where I encountered many of Sargent's watercolors and became completely besotted. I'd known his society portraits, but wasn't as familiar with his other work (he's just not really part of most art history courses), including a small show of his paintings - oil and watercolor - of Venice. It's was stunning. I actually shelled out $65 for the catalog, which is something I rarely do.
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