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What is your favorite piece of art?

Asked by redfeather (6470 points ) June 14th, 2011

What is your favorite painting, photograph, sculpture, wire art, etc etc. Anything art. What is your absolute favorite piece?

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SpatzieLover's avatar

The drawings of Oz & Alice my son draws everyday.

Today’s fav is a pencil and ink drawing of Glinda holding Dorothy’s shoulder while the witch is popping up out of the ground.

Cruiser's avatar

I have a piece of hand blown glass work done by my brother that is stunning. He is a world famous glass artist and I can still KHA!

rebbel's avatar

That differs, but right this moment that you asked it is Magritte’s….
It symbolizes how i think about art today.

Cruiser's avatar

@rebbel That really is a fine piece of craftsmanship!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

This
I visit it as often as I can.
As for art that I own,it is really hard to pick as I love it all for different reasons.One that has alot of sentimental value (and is beautiful) is a wheel thrown,celadon blue, porcelain vase that my good friend and teacher made.:)

Jellie's avatar

AAAHH <3 this question. Autumnal Cannibalism by Dali! Hands down.

redfeather's avatar

Today mine might be this

Not sure what my very favorite overall is. I have to think about my own question. Damn.

mazingerz88's avatar

@redfeather Now that was interesting. : )

tom_g's avatar

Favorite art doesn’t translate for me. Something I am thoroughly enjoying right now…

this

and this

Cruiser's avatar

@redfeather That sheep thingy was kinda cool in a weird way! ;)

gailcalled's avatar

@tom_g: Those are charming, in particular the little people.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

There are just so many great works of art. If I had to go 70 years with just one piece of art which would not work since I can paint more if I wanted top, if I could not have the statue of David it would be the Death Dealer by Frank Frazetta.

gailcalled's avatar

Pieter Breughel the Elder’s The Fall of Icarus juxtaposed with the Auden poem,

“Musée des Beaux Arts”: (where the Breughel painting is hung).

About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:

They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

In Brueghel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.

Jeruba's avatar

I don’t believe I could reduce my list to one, but Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus is certainly one of my number-ones.

It was worth $95.00 to me to have this beautifully executed wooden puzzle of this painting. Not only was the puzzle a joy to do (more than once) but viewing the work in tiny increments gave me a different perspective on it. I have always hoped one day to visit the Uffizi Gallery and see it for myself.

I used to have a large poster of The Birth of Venus on my wall alongside this portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne by Modigliani. I saw them as the same woman.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

Not to be egoistic? But I think the pictures of myself ;)

fundevogel's avatar

oh dear just one? That really isn’t possible. But here are a few of my favorites

Monogram by Robert Rauschenberg – It’s a goat! A goat and art! I want a plushie of this. Maybe I’ll make one for myself sometime.

Inneudo Non Tropo by Gregory Barsamian – This is a show of kinetic sculptures. They spin in time with a strobe light so that each flash of the light creates the equivalent of a frame of animation. Sculptural animation. It’s incredible to see in person with the flashing light and whir of machinery. You can get an approximation of what it’s like by checking out the video on his site.

1895 by Pritt Parn – strange animated film about the origins of cinema. One of the best animations I’ve ever seen. I can’t find it on the internet though, the link shows stills. That’s Estonian animation for you. Brilliant and near impossible to find in the states.

Street of Crocodiles by the Quay Brothers – surreal stop-motion animation, has spawned many imitators. They’re kinda imitators of Jan Svankmeyer themselves but I like them better so its ok.

Dead House u r by Gregor Schneider – the artist installed a life size reproduction of his family house in the Geffen Contemporary (and other places). You were able to wander through it, once you signed a waiver. It was one of the most intense art shows I’ve ever been to with its dark spaces, strange rooms and ominous nooks. Their was a hidden room and a sound proof room. Creepy.

Honorable mentions to Kiki Smith, Lee Bontecou and Joseph Cornell.

@redfeather Those feather sculptures are amazing!

filmfann's avatar

I am easily moved by music, paintings, and sculpture, but this is my favorite.

athenasgriffin's avatar

My favorite piece of artwork is certainly Madonna of the Meadow by Raphael. There is a happiness in that painting that makes me think of my childhood.

It is so good, in fact, that it somehow makes me briefly overcome my usual aversion to all things religious.

redfeather's avatar

The David was amazing to see in person.

Plucky's avatar

Leonardo da Vinci is among my favourite artists. Too many of his to list. I like many of his nature and journal drawings ..along with many of the famous paintings.

M.C. Escher ..Relativity is among my favourites of his.

Another favourite artist is Salvador Dali ..too many to list. One of my favourites: Swans Reflecting Elephants.

I like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Starry Night Over the Rhoan.

I’ve always liked The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso.

As for more modern artists ..I love Robert Bateman’s wildlife paintings like Bluffing Bull and Long Light.

Many photographers have taken some amazing and moving pictures over the decades. These photographers have the ability to get just the right moment ..making a photograph speak to people of all cultures and languages.
The Afgahn Girl is one of my favourites, which was later revisited in 2002.

TexasDude's avatar

The Human Condition by Rene Magritte.

Magritte happens to be my favorite artist, and this work just very neatly sums up the point, or philosophy behind most of his body of work for me- the discrepancies between appearances and reality. It’s very poignant.

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