Anything by van Eyck like Arnolfini and his wife or the Annuciation. I can't draw a stick dog and am in total awe with his details. In his paintings, you can know exactly what kind of flowers you're looking at in the distance or the type of fabric clothes are made of. And the symbolism!!
Of course, with the invention of the camera, we no longer need to perfectly capture details in paintings. Now painters can concentrate capturing the affect of light or reveal an emotion
The Dutch painters of that period were so wonderfully skillful. I am going to see an exhibition in Edinburgh of a painter with similar skills...more soon..
There are a few works of art and/or artists high on my list:
Japan: Itchiku Kubota; Light Symphony (a series of kimono's, it would be a re- view) as I long ago saw them exhibited in Rotterdam.
London/ New York: Michael Raedecker: especially where he combines painting with embroidery and stitchwork
Belgium: Joost M.A. Caen: glass artist
Belgium: Will Beckers: the willow projects
Concerning Vermeer: I'd love to see Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window in Dresden, and again and again: The Little Street in The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
So much still to see, and some new to me artists here to look up!
Wow those kimonos, and their titles!
I would like to see Andrew Wyeth's paintings again.
Also Chardin's Jar of Apricots and while looking for this came across Jessica Brown. Do look her up.
Saw yesterday the artist not-in-residence at the newly reopened Garden Museum, Eileen Hogan.
Some wonderful work there (thanks for the suggestions). Is there a renewed interest I wonder in realistic/photographic images..
Yes I think there is. Certainly judging by the National Portrait Gallery competition over the last few years.
I just saw Whistler's Mother, so there is one checked off my list. I would love to see some original Wyeth. Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 by James Ensor recently came to my attention and I would love to see it in its larger than life setting.
I enjoyed the book and the film too, it is a fantastic painting. Have you read any other Tracey Chevalier books? Sarah x
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