Paintings

Vetheuil, by Claude Monet, invokes a nostalgic feeling for me because I remember doing an art project a while back with a good friend, and our focus was Claude Monet. This typifies the type of work he did in his illustrious career.
Johannes Vermeer's 1658 masterpiece known as "The Little Street" is another painting that has always mystified me. I've always liked the works of Vermeer, and I'm extremely impressed with his brilliance in creating a nearly tangible piece of art.
I hate to pick another dutchman, but Rembrandt Van Rijn sticks out in my mind. This has always been one of my favorite paintings. Known as "The Syndics of the Drapers' Guild," this painting typifies all that was Rembrandt. The remarkably talented and prolific dutchman painted this masterpiece in 1662.
Henri Rousseau's "Scene in Bagneux on the Outskirts of Paris," painted in 1909, allures to me because it's so simple at first glance, but once you look further it's mystifying how much detail Rousseau packed into this piece. In my opinion, it's close to an optical illusion.
William A. Harper's 1908 work "Staircase" appeals to me because I wonder why there would be a healthy looking potted plant in an otherwise vacant and unpopulated area. William A. Harper's life was somewhat brief and uneventful, but there's always this painting to look back on and wonder, "Why is that potted plant there? Who lives here?"
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