This is a collection of paintings and other art that I've had the privilege of seeing in person. After you see an amazing work of art, you never forget it - it stays with you, and you can always remember the first time you saw it.
I saw this when I was 14 at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. I'd never heard of this artist (or hardly any for that matter when I was 14), but something about the way the light was captured so perfectly and the lines of the floor going back into space, creating such real perspective, fascinated me, and I've loved it ever since.
Saw this one on the same trip. It was one that I actually recognized visually but had no idea what it was called or who painted it.
What can I say? I'm a sucker for anything dance related. Love Degas' dancers.
Saw this one at the Musee D'Orsay too. I remember thinking, "Those stars up close are just a dot with lines coming out, but from further away, they glow."
Say what you will about Van Gogh. He was a BAMF.
The High in ATL was lucky enough to get Monet's big ass panoramic water lily paintings, and they are so freakin' sweet. You're totally engulfed by them. It's a really amazing experience.
Just saw this a the MOMA recently. Before art history I wouldn't have known who painted this or why I should care. But this guy was self taught, and seeing this in person was awesome because for one thing it is huge, and up close it is really incredible. As a self-taught "painter," I know that it would take me a lifetime to teach myself to paint like that, if ever. Hats off to you, Rousseau!
JUST saw this at the National Gallery in London. I was walking toward another gallery and caught this out of the corner of my eye. We had studied it in my first art history class and I remember thinking it was kind of bizarre, but interesting (all those objects on the table are symbols for things, and the anamorphic skull is just straight up weird/cool.) BUT, seeing this in person made me appreciate it so much more. It is gigantic, and is so perfectly painted that parts of it look like they're going to fall off the wall and onto the floor! Amazing.
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