Haystacks by Monet

The picture here does not quite do the real thing justice. I believe that I saw a large collection of Haystacks at the Chicago Art Institute. If you have a chance, go there to check these large pictures out.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. Yes, he seems to have had a long set of names… The painting (Dance of youth) conveys movement and energy, but has the dove of peace as the symbol in the centre, flying while at the same time still. Look at the figure at 12 o clock in the circle – it is drawn in such a simple, yet incredibly expressive way. Shalom!

Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin (born François-Auguste-René Rodin; November 12, 1840 – November 17, 1917) was a French artist, most famous as a sculptor. He was the preeminent French sculptor of his time, and remains one of the few sculptors widely recognized outside the visual arts community. I really like this work of art, called “The Kiss” – look at the gentle, almost hesitant way the man’s hand is placed on the woman’s thigh, and the way the woman holds her arm to embrace and approach her lover with a mixture of submission and desire. The sculpture radiates erotic energy; look at the…
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Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. His paintings and drawings include some of the world’s best known, most popular and most expensive pieces. This is a very well known self-portrait of Vincent, the artist placed against a blue, swirly background. The intense eyes and rather stern expression foreshawdow some of the mental illness that was to appear later in his life. There’s something I like about the picture, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it exactly is. Perhaps this is what makes this painting so good.

René Magritte

René François Ghislain Magritte (November 21, 1898 – August 15, 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and amusing images. I use the following image as the desktop background when I log in. I like the blue sky tones suggesting freedom, but when you open the window, there is darkness. Sometimes things are deceptive… If you would like to have this picture as your background on Windows XP when you log in [it only changes the background while the login dialog is present!], please follow the following steps: [Note: I’m pretty sure…
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Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was an American painter and printmaker. While most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. I came across this painting, which I appreciate for the mood that it exudes. I found it while looking at information about straight razors, a more environmentally friendly way to shave.