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September 29, 2005

Me on Visuals

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Where the traditional visual arts go I'm no Friedrich or Donald, god knows. But darn it, I have my pleasures too. It just occurred to me to put together a posting linking to other postings that I've done about painters and artists. As with books, my list of painter-and-artist faves doesn't overlap much with the standard list. That may mean that I'm crazy or that I have no taste, of course. But it may also mean that a few visitors who feel perplexed or put off by the usual art-crit, art-history thang will find an artist or two among my faves who will suit them as well.

(I'd love to be a gent and present a posting-full of links-to-postings by my co-bloggers about paintings and artists. But, y'know, given how tedious it is to pull together postings like this one -- copy, paste, link; copy, paste, link... -- my colleagues are just gonna have to fend for themselves.)

So, herewith, a few of the painters and artists whose work stirs me deeply:

Note to self: Blog about more of the artists whose work you love, dammit -- Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Eduard Vuillard, Aristide Maillol, Cecilia Beaux, Frederick MacMonnies, John Kensett, the Japanese Rimpa painters, Samuel Palmer, Correggio ...



posted by Michael at September 29, 2005



I picked up about 150 LaFarge scans from the Athenaeum in June and July. Mostly watercolors of Japan and Tahiti, I liked many of the Japanese works. I don't know how active that site is, but it is pretty good on 19th century American artists.

Posted by: bob mcmanus on September 29, 2005 9:21 PM

This is going to be a huge generalization, so I apologize in advance, but -- the level of technical expertise that many contemporary realist painters bring to bear in their work is impressive, I might even say intimidating; nevertheless there is a lack of fire, a carefulness, that keeps their work from coming to life -- for me.

Painting almost seems to demand some level of sloppiness, or awkwardness, to be vital. It's as though there has to be some evidence of the painter's struggle to almost get it, for the viewer to be allowed in. All this is highly subjective of course. Just my take.

Posted by: ricpic on September 30, 2005 8:51 AM

Rick, what about of this? Look at my favorite, Stingy Rabbit (1995)

Posted by: Tatyana on October 2, 2005 5:26 PM

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