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If you could walk into a painting...

Asked by blueiiznh (16678points) May 11th, 2011

If you could walk into any painting and actually experience the moment or scene that it depicts, which painting would you choice to enter?

Extra points if you add a link to the painting so we can experience it too….

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TexasDude's avatar

This classic, potentially nsfw example of 70’s painterly-ness.

MilkyWay's avatar

This one. I just love those kinds of places. I’d like to go in, put my hand in the water and then go greet anyone that’s inside the cottage.

Blackberry's avatar

I’d walk into the Mona Lisa and slap that smug grin right off of her face! Lol. Just kidding, but I’d like to walk into a painting I saw long ago: it was a few people at a dinner table with glasses of wine and they were laughing. It reminds me of great times with true friends.

TexasDude's avatar

Renee Magritte’s The Human Condition is my serious answer.

flutherother's avatar

I would like to step into an Evgeni Gordiets painting. They are filled with a profound sense of calm, conveying eternity and stillness.

flutherother's avatar

@Blackberry It wasn’t this painting was it?

thorninmud's avatar

I’ve always wanted to pick Christina up and carry her to that house.

creative1's avatar

I always loved Klimt’s The Kiss and would love to be held and wanted like this

Blackberry's avatar

@flutherother That’s wasn’t it, but thanks for looking : ) I have no idea where I could have seen it. It could have been a hotel, a shopping center etc.

Kardamom's avatar

Vermeer’s Woman with Water Jug I love the light, I love her clothes and I love the fact that she is probably a wife or a maid that is about to cook a meal. She reminds me of Scarlett Johansson in Girl with the Peal Earring.

Eastman Johnson’s Woman Reading a Letter the setting reminds me of the movie Sense and Sensibility. The woman’s clothes are so beautiful and I’m so curious as to what she’s reading. I can smell the mist coming off the water.

George Innes’s Harvest Moon This place just looks so beautiful and serene. I think it might be October, my favorite time of the year.

Alfred Mitchell’s Snow Caps This scene makes me think of hiking and camping and taking photographs in the snow.

Monet’s Haystacks The light and the atmosphere are practically perfect in this rural French scene.

I do not know the artist of the National Park’s Dept. poster of Yosemite But I would love to be in Yosemite right now.

Louise Armstrng Desert Painting Because I love the desert, especially when there is snow on the mountains.

Supacase's avatar

The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night, by Van Gogh. Also known simply as Cafe Terrace at Night.

Blondesjon's avatar

This one because I’m not a real big fan of poker and this one because, well, just because.

and anything by georgia o’keeffe because i really like vaginas.

Kardamom's avatar

@queenie I always get warm fuzzy feelings of family and Christmastime when I see Thomas Kinkade paintings. Here’s a Christmas Scene that you might like.

I can hear sleigh bells and cousin’s laughter. I can smell gingerbread and cedar smoke swirling up through the chimney, and I can hear the crunch, crunch, crunch of the snow underneath my boots as I approach “grandma’s” house. In just a moment’s time, we’ll all be singing Silent Night together then tucking ourselves in for a long winter’s nap.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

This is the one for me….

and then there is this
I love them both:)

Supacase's avatar

I also like this one. I like very much anyway, but the look on the lady’s face intrigues me once I start to look more closely. I want the scoop.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

This one.
Potentially NSFW.

MilkyWay's avatar

WOW, I love everyone’s taste in art.
@Kardamom Whoops, that link is the same as your other one… your description gave me a very good picture though.
@mazingerz88 Those are magnifiscent.

dabbler's avatar

@mazingerz88 Bierstadt yes ! I’m a sucker for thoswe magnificently detailed gorgeous and sublime landscapes. Here’s a couple Frederic E Church while we’re in the neighborhood.
El Rio de Luz
Heart of the Andes

Kardamom's avatar

Ooops sorry @queenie, For some reason my copy and paste thingy isn’t working too well this week. Let’s try the Christmas scene again here

MilkyWay's avatar

Oh! I adore it! You were right @Kardamom, I absolutley love it! :D
I love pictures like that, beautiful.

Kardamom's avatar

I’ve also always loved the Boating Party Lunch by Renoir because these folks look like they’re having such a good time. Good weather, good friends, good food.

And here’s a new one that I just discovered called New Geisha Painting by Fabian Perez. I would love to dress up like a Geisha.

I love Denali Grandeur by Jean LeGassick. I would love to go to this place to write and paint and take photographs.

I have no idea who painted this very graphic and stylized set of paper lanterns but the sight of paper lanterns effects me in the same way that looking at mesh strainers does. They make me swoon with delight!

And Pine Trees and Sunset by Tom Thompson just calls to me to pack my camping gear and head for the mountains.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Hals painted some happy people, didn’t he? I’ll have what they’re having.

mazingerz88's avatar

@dabbler Wow thanks I was looking for that Church painting but I did not know the name. Turns out it’s El Rio De Luz. I visit that painting whenever I can at the National Gallery in DC and it’s just sublime! It’s a huge painting similar in size to a Bierstadt hanging nearby. Nice that you posted it!

weeveeship's avatar

The Waterlily painting by Monet. This

john65pennington's avatar

Before my mother passed, she knew how I longed to go to one of the New England states to enjoy a sleigh ride. Instead, she painted a sleigh scene, located in New England and gave it to me.

My wish would be to take a genuine horsedrawn sleigh ride and to include my mother and wife.

flutherother's avatar

The Daughters of Ran by the Norwegian artist Hans Dahl would be an exhilarating place to visit. (if you can swim).

dabbler's avatar

@mazingerz88 I’ve only seen “El Rio De Luz” once but it’s memorable. We fortunately get to see “Heart of the Andes” at the Met a couple times a year – never fails to captivate me.

Stinley's avatar

Paul Gauguin’s Martinique Landscape. I saw this and stood in front of it for about an hour. then i bought the poster in the gallery shop, even though it cost me my weekly budget as a poor student. I had it framed and it still is on my wall. I love the rich colours, the heat, the paradise feel. I think that if I walked into it I would never want to leave.

snowberry's avatar

I’m not sure about walking into these, but I think many of these are incredibly funny, and it would be fun to be able to be there to understand what’s really going on.

I also have an incredibly delightful picture of a ballerina on a tightrope that’s being held by a goose. It’s sort of surreal, and I’d love to be there. I’m sorry, I can’t take a picture of it, and I can’t find it on the Web. But the artist says “Parker”. As I recall the name of it is something along the lines of “Heda’s Daughter. Perhaps someone can find me a link.

I’m also very fond of paths that disappear and of doorways.

Meego's avatar

I wish I had the guts to be the painting literally
This guy is an amazing artist.

Kardamom's avatar

@Meego You must tell @symbeline about that painter.

Schroedes13's avatar

I would most definitely pick the The School of Athens by Raphael!

blueiiznh's avatar

@Schroedes13 GA. That is an incredible work.

Schroedes13's avatar

@blueiiznh I love the piece, but also it’d be incredible to talk to all those geniuses of classical history. Also, I would hope since I could walk into a painting, that I could speak Greek as well :P!

thorninmud's avatar

@Schroedes13 Just think of all that you could tell those guys. I think you’d be quite the center of attention.

Schroedes13's avatar

@thornimud No way, I’d still have them telling me how they realized their inventions/concepts. That would be incredible!

MilkyWay's avatar

@Schroedes13 Really like that painting.

Schroedes13's avatar

@MilkyWay It is a phenomenal painting. I still don’t know all of the characters in it by memory. And if I could walk into any painting, I feel this would be the most interesting of all.

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