My children would sometimes ask me what was my favorite color? Tough question. Sometimes I would get all philosophical and explain that I loved each color individually, sometimes I would answer the question with a question. Primary? Secondary? Complementary?
“So, is it red, Daddy?”, “Its red, isn’t it!”
At different times they would also ask my favorite artist. Tougher question. There is such a range of styles, effects. Every choice seemed to create a “But, what about me? You used to like me!”
“It’s true, but now you suck, and my mood has swung!” No, I don’t say that. In truth, I have respect for so many artists, but I do love a few. Not just two or three, but a finite list. Not everyone makes the list, not all pieces by the artist makes the list. What I will try to do is free associate and write down the first that comes to mind.
1. Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890- everything
Starry Night, can’t get enough of it, studied it, copied it…
2. Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564- everything
The Last Judgement, so privileged to see the original
3. Salvador Dali, 1904-1989- everything
Dali at the Age of Six When He Thought He Was a Girl Lifting the Skin of the Water to See the Dog Sleeping in the Shade of the Sea (best title ever)
4. Albrecht Durer, 1471-1528- everything
Self portrait, the master, I have completely dissected the German Warrior, search Durer on the blog.
5. Egon Scheile, 1890-1918- most everything
Seated Woman with Bent Knee, oh gosh… wonderful artist, most disturbed person.
6. Michelangelo Caravaggio, 1571-1610- most everything
Supper at Emmaus, another disturbing person
7. Benjamino Bufano, 1890-1970- most everything
Bear and Cubs, only artist in this list that I have met.
8. Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606-1669- most everything
Self portrait , the light, the light!
9. Hieronymus Bosch, 1450-1516- selected
Garden of Earthly Delights, how he got funded by the church I am not sure.
10. Mark Rothko, 1903-1970- selected
Confronting Color, floating squares
11. Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968- selected
Nude Descending Staircase, movement on canvas
12. Hugo Ball, 1886-1927- selected
Karawane, I know, it’s actually poetry, can’t help it. Check various YouTube videos
13. Claude Monet, 1840-1926- selected
Woman with Parasol, everyone remembers the lilies.
14. Gustav Klimt, 1862-1918 – selected
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, everyone remembers The Kiss
15. Edvard Munch, 1863-1944- selected
The Scream, most stolen art
16. Johannes Vermeer, 1632-1675- selected
Pearl Earring, shocking good
17. Paul Klee, 1879-1940- selected
Cats, a lifetime to learn to draw like a child
18. Tamara De Lempicka, 1889-1980- selected
Women with gloves, just amazing!
19. El Greco. 1541-1614- selected
Cardinal Guevara, power, influence, scary
20. Francis Bacon, 1909-1992- selected
Screaming Pope, very very scary