favorite paintings

Ok, we have a pile od favorite movies and albums types of posts; Let’s get really snooty for a bit: What are the best damn paintings ever?
My votes (for starters):
Lotto’s portrait of Andrea Odoni
Van Eyck’s St. Luke with the Virgin
Vermeer’s view of Delft
and Francis Bacon’s take on Velasquez’s Pope.

Any takers?
To this we can add the paintings which make us cringe in pain: Thomas Hicks’ “Peaceable Kingdom” makes me flail about in seizures. Ugh! I HATE that thing.

(sorry, there’s just been a lot of discussion of BMs and going wee-wee lately.)

Ach, that’s a toughie. Hmmm, paintings? Um -

“The Death of Wolf” - Benjamin West
“Still Life with Skull, Leeks, and Pitcher” - Picasso
“Great Wave off Kamakura” - Katsushika Hokusai
“White Flag” - Jasper Johns

There’s plenty more, of course.

Just about anything by Monet, Renoir and Mary Cassalls
“Caller Herring” by Millais
“The Feast of the Gods” by Titian

The Coyote gnaws …
but he does not swallow.

I know it’s suffered from overexposure (figuratively speaking) but I can still spend half an hour contemplating Edward Hopper’s “Night Hawks”


Picasso’s “Guernica” That oughta give you the shivers.

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Anything by Rene Magrite.

Dali’s ‘Last Supper’.

‘They couldn’t hit an Elephant from this dist…!’

Last words of General John Sedgwick

Ursa and JBENZ - good picks. I’d have them on my list too.

My list:

“Last Supper,” by Dali
Anything by Monet, Seurat, George de la Tour, Frederick Edwin Church, or Thomas Cole
And whoever did the watercolor of William & Mary that’s hanging on my wall.

“There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.” - William James

I’m not sure of the artists, but here goes:

Dogs playing poker.
Elvis on Black Velvet.
Dogs playing pool.
Matador on Black Velvet.
Poster of three girls in bathing suits that spell out Budweiser.

Now THAT’s art!

Leonardo’s “Madonna of the Rock” moves me very much:

Also Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and El Greco’s “View of Toledo.”


I like Dali in general, but his religious paintings are truly inspired.

My favorite painting that I have actually personally seen (not a picture or reproduction but the real thing) is Thomas Hart Benton’s Persephone (and no, it doesn’t have the same Grapes-of-Wrath feeling that most of his paintings do).

Ohh, so many - where to start? I’ll start simple with just about anything by Pieter Bruegel the elder. Like this fantastic one:


Hell is Other People.

This one is pure magic:

Hell is Other People.

This probably reveals my lack of taste but I’ve always liked the Hudson River and Pre-Raphaelite movements.



My preferences change from time to time

Right now I am fond of watercolors by Steven Hawk and all of Mark Ryden’s work (especially Meat Maji and St. Barbie).

Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

Yikes! that is a tough one as I have so many. It would probably be better to name the artist. I love Monet, O’Keefe, DeLaCroix, Van Gogh, Renoir, Raphael, and Reubens. Gotta love any man who paints a woman with hips!

“Only when he no longer knows what he is doing, does the painter do good
things.” --Edgar Degas

Anything by Sargent.

Anything minimalist, especially Elsworth Kelly (my fav), also Rothko and Newman - I was awestruck by the Stations of the Cross when I saw them in DC recently.

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Just about any Edward Hopper
Most Dali
Leonardo Nierman
etc., etc.

tee hee!