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Old 8th May 2006, 12:33   #1
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Default Top 10 works of art...

Okay, it took me ages to whittle it down to 10. These are faves from my comfort zone rather than artworks selected for skill and excellence of execution (though some are that as well):

1. The closest to the original Richard I can get:

Richard III; early C16th portrait


2. One of my fave Orpheus pics (out of a hundred or so I've collected anyway)

Orpheus and Eurydice; 1948 woodcut by Gerhard Marcks


3. Saw this in New York. A few inches sq, and detail you need a magnifying glass for. (Even on my Flickr page at large size you can't see the detail magnifyed enough.)

St Francis Receiving the Stigmata - Jan van Eyck


4. Okay - slushy but perfectly Gerard/Margaret from The Cloister & the Hearth

The Kiss - Francesco Hayez


5. I got Gauguin-ized after reading The Moon and Sixpence in my teens

Te Rerioa - Paul Gauguin


6. Not long after that, I read The Decameron, and this is picture perfect.

A Tale from the Decameron - J W Waterhouse


7. Yes, there is a preponderance of brown in my pictures ...Raphael's self-portrait

Self- portrait - Raphael


8. This is in Philly Museum of Art and is huge. I can look at this a long time.

Crucifixion Diptych - Rogier van der Weyden


9. I saw this in Philly too (not in this pictured location). Very moving and humbling piece of sculpture by Rodin, portraying the Burghers of Calais on their way to death at the hands of the English.

The Burghers of Calais - Auguste Rodin


10. Last but not least, the Angel (brown again) against the Team Valley sky. Glorious heart-swelling wingspan in daylight or at dusk.

The Angel of the North - Antony Gormley
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Totally with you on 1. and 10., Col. Right, thinking cap on...
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1. Caravaggio: Supper at Emmanus


The light, the depth and the realism all remain with me as clear and powerful as the day I first saw this.


2. Mark Rothko : Untitled


It's all about texture, you can just feel it on your fingers as you look at it. There's also something elemental about it that strikes you in a disturbing and innate way,


3. Auguste Renoir : The Luncheon of the Boating Party


So many stories being told in one picture. Each eyeline creates a new dialogue.


4. Maurice Utrillo : Rue Jeanne D'arc


My favourite impressionist, insists that you visit Paris.


5. Leonardo Da Vinci : Virgin and Child with the Infant


The perfection of the technique is staggering on its own but when compared against his contemporaries it's as if he's travelled back from a distant future.


6. David Hockney : Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy


This just sums up the 1970s and was painted the same year I was born so it's always felt like my painting.


7. Salvador Dali : Metamorphosis of Narcissus



Never got over this one, the perfect intersection of myth, legend, the surreal, and the superreal.


8. Kazimir Malevich : Samovar


Just shows how we actually perceive the world around us.


9. Foster Associates
: 30 St Mary Axe


The Gherkin achieves architectural greatness by making us feel good about the environment in which it stands, just by being there.


10 BMW : K1200R



Does a hundred miles an hour while it's standing still. It just screams "You want me and you know it" (well, to men of a certain age anyway).


Thanks Col, it's been fun compiling this list
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Excellent choices,chilli - I especially like the da Vinci and the Norman Foster and Hockney. The Caravaggio was one that narrowly missed my Top 10.

Everyone else can pile in now!
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Default Re: Top 10 works of art...

I feel genuinely unqualified to contribute a list to this thread - I just don't know enough visual art well (or at all really) to put anything in the category I love as against I like. A project for the summer, perhaps...

I am enjoying reading and seeing everyone else's contributions though. Keep them coming!
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Aaaaaaaaaaaagh! I need to get some work done this afternoon - now it's never going to happen!

Right. thinkthinkthinkwhittlewhittlethink...
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Default Re: Top 10 works of art...

oooo I like this thread... will think on't on my way home!
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Okay, for the purposes of this post I've decided I'm going for fine art and illustration only. Mostly. Agh, it's impossible to draw a clear line through the full art/design spectrum. I think it's probably fair to say my favourite works are those which really span between the two ideas, but hopefully in this list I've picked ones which are nearer the 'art' side of things.

So, in my little list you won't find any buildings, logos, products, typefaces, films or album covers. Quite frankly if I had allowed buildings in then they'd probably have filled up at least eight of the ten spots. I'll save them for another time. Instead, here are the top ten works of art (in no particular order - narrowing it down to ten was hard enough!) I'd happily kill* for:

(edited to add: these images are all links to bigger copies, by the way...)
Banksy's rat stencils



I've only been making stencils myself for a year or so now, and though I think we can all easily appreciate his humour and cheekiness, believe me: Banksy's technical skill is incredible. The rats are probably my favourites. Their diminutive size and the subtleties of their positioning just made them seem like perfect additions to the city.

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NC Wyeth's Giant illustration



I love illustration, and feel it's all too often overlooked as an art form. Wyeth's work particular grabs me, though. So incredibly rich and filled with beautiful detail. It's hard to choose between my favourite illustrators, but Wyeth particularly sticks in my mind. Not included here would be a whole load of other more 'comic' but nonetheless beautiful work by Bill Watterson, EH Sheppard, Quentin Blake, Walter Moers, and Dave McKean.

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Salvador Dali's The Christ Of St John Of The Cross



Ahhh, I wrote about this one somewhere else, I think. Perspective, composition, shading, subtlety and so on...

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M.C. Escher's Up And Down.



All his stuff is beautiful, staggeringly clever, and astoundingly well-drawn, but this is by far my favourite. It's so peaceful and uses only a single trick of perspective to create a really engaging composition.

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Katsushika Hokusai's In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa



Though alongside that I've put Kozyndan's awesome 'bunny' remix, which I think I may like even more. It's such a cheery example of how we re-appropriate culture - an activity some of y'all might have gathered I'm rather interested in...

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The Book Of Kells




Again - really a 'design' I guess, but I'd still love it even if I didn't know it was writing. This is my favourite page, and like stencilling I've dabbled in celtic knotwork and spirals myself - this has been going on for about 13 years now, though, and I don't think I could ever reach the intricacy and glorious composition these guys managed.

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Roy Lichtenstein's Wham!



...because, well, 'WHAAAAAM!' I mean, it says it all.

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Edward Hopper's Nighthawks



For the lighting.

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Ansel Adams' winter photo of El Capitan



...though again, it's hard to pick a favourite from such an incredible collection.

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And finally, I've gotta agree with so many others - Anthony Gormley's Angel Of The North.



Edited: Bzzzzzt! Sorry Angel, you've been booted from my list in favour of The Headington Shark!

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9. Norman Foster : 30 St Mary Axe
[persnickety architectural pedant]

Officially that should probably read 'Foster Associates' because the main architect on this little number was actually the former co-director Ken Shuttleworth. (Well, his minions will tell you that, anyway.) Shuttleworth left the mothership a couple of years ago to form his own practice, Make Architects. Though the practice is enjoying some big successes in architectural circles right now, the names 'Shuttleworth' or 'Make' are yet to know the popularity of the Foster brand. Probably Shuttleworth is most well-known for the design of his own abode, the wonderful Crescent House.



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Klimt, Danae



Mapplethorpe, Lisa Lyon



Rossetti, The Beloved



Sally Mann, Jessie Bites




Blake, The Ancient of Days


Man Ray, Tears



Buonarotti, Pieta




Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes



LaChapelle, Last Supper




Alma-Tadema, Silver Favourites


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