Sunday, April 21, 2013

Who is Your Favorite (Famous) Painter?

I know I've said it before, and I'll probably say it again since the differences are so stark: My husband and I agree on the big life things, but we have very different tastes when it comes to most anything else.

We had white walls in our home for years because we couldn't agree on a color. Now we have paint in the kitchen that I love (and he doesn't), and paint in the dining room and master bath that he loves (and I don't).  The rest of the walls are still white.

He wants a big mirror mounted in the library. I like the family pictures in that spot and loathe the idea of a big mirror there.

We have carpet in most of the rooms, and I wish instead that we had wood.  He does not.

I could go on, but you get the idea.  One other area that we disagree on is art. Now with that being said, my favorite piece of art in our house is also his.  For one of our anniversaries he had a painting commissioned of our first home together and I thought that was incredibly romantic and sweet.  When it comes to professional art, however, we've got the big differences thing going on.

Hubby likes art that has a lot of red in it. I'm not sure why, but if it's got a lot of red in it, he's drawn to it. His favorite painting in the world is by Giovanni Paolo Panini, and you can see it below. It has a lot of very tiny features painted very well, and I like it a lot too, but I like it better on the wall of The Louve than I do in our house. It's just got too much red to look good in our home, or so I think (and hubby does not).  I actually purchased this for him as a gift one year, I'm not even sure of which holiday it was now, but it (well a replica of it) does hang on our walls and he loves it.


Hubby also loves the work of Van Gogh and Picasso.  I appreciate those works, immensely, but I do not favor them in the way he does.


I, on the other hand, prefer the softer art of Sandro Botticelli.  My favorite painting is below:



and Adolphe Bougureau 


though we don't have either in our home.

Of course there are many, many artists my husband and I do agree on, we just do not agree on who are our favorites, and that's okay. ;)

How about you?  Who is your favorite famous artist, or what is your favorite famous painting?


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  1. Love Van Gogh and Modilliany^ and the best for me Moris Utrillo and Fernan Leger
    Love it!
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    1. Those four are the kind of art my husband likes, exactly!! You and he have very similar taste in paintings. :)

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  2. I love anything Monet. The Luncheon is my favorite of all of his work. I'm pleased to have a replica of this gorgeous piece of work in my living room. We also have many other Monet prints too.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. Monet is an artist that my husband and I both agree on. Luckily, his work is found in so many different places that we have seen quite a bit of it in person. We have a print in our home too. :)

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  3. Hi there! I am a fan of all of these artists, but to choose from these I would say Botticelli- they are all such wonderful and stunning works of art xx

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  4. Agreeing all the time wouldn't be fun anyway. And hmm Michaelango, leonardo, donetello and raphael, I can't decide which one..lol

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    1. Classics. I like them all too. :)

      And I suppose agreeing all the time wouldn't be fun. We're too old to get stressed about it now, but there was a day... ;)

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  5. You know me Rosey...I like bright colors, I'm attracted to them like bugs to light! My favorite artists will fall in the range, Joan Miro, Kandisnky, Marc Chagall, Peter Max, Haring..lol to many to mention...wish I had the money to fill my walls with color. What I do is to go purchase art from emerging artist and satisfy my need for original art, at affordable prices and fitting my needs...Tomas Fedro is one of my favorites at the moment! Good think my hubs is colorblind so he really doesn't mind the carnival on the walls, lol...ok enough babbling. Love this post! Thank you for sharing my sweet! Lizy

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    1. That's what my husband likes too, the bright colors. I had to Google Joan Miro but yep, that's exactly what hubby loves!

      Have you seen Maria's blog? I bet you'd love her rocking chair re-do and children's nursery.

      http://everydayisacountrysong.blogspot.com/search?q=rocking

      http://everydayisacountrysong.blogspot.com/2013/02/nursery-reveal-and-letter-to-baby-girl.html

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    2. Will head her way Rosey...well if you ever decide to come to my neck of the woods you and hubs will see my crazy walls...lol

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  6. There is a huge difference in a painting I love to see in a museum and one to hang on my walls. In my house, I go for the more contemporary look, although that's not always what we have. We bought our art years ago and tastes have changed.

    As for red, when I was a child, I lived next door to the famous symphony conductor Leonard Slatkin. Although tastefully done (not my taste), his house was completely red--red walls, red carpets, red ceilings--everywhere one was to look, one would see RED.

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    1. That must have been an experience living next to a symphony conductor!

      You're right about the difference between what we love in the museum and what we put up at home. I love Botticelli but I don't have any up because it wouldn't match a thing.

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  7. We don't have any art in our house, I am more if a family picture person, though I do love paintings of flowers and gardens. Someday I would love to have a painting of the park we were married in.

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    1. That's one (family pictures) we do both agree on. We've got those all over the place. :)

      The park painting is an excellent idea!

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  8. I have never been into art as much as I thought I would. I loved visiting the Louve and seeing every beautiful piece of work in the Vatican.
    But when it comes to art .. hubby and I do actually agree ... we are mostly photography people. We love stills of landscapes and waterfalls, etc.
    Although we do have quite a few pieces from Michael Godard ... something about the martini olives!!

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    1. Godard would be great for a game room too, I think. :)

      I like landscapes and waterfalls too, but we don't have any up. I'd like to have one of Iguazu Falls, I think.

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  9. The paintings in my house are different from the ones I like in museums. I have a lot of paintings from family friends or that I have bought at galleries. We have a lot of art since I love it :)

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    1. We don't have near as much as we'd like (because we usually disagree on it, lolol). :) I agree that what we like in the museum varies greatly from what gets hung in the house.

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  10. I like a lot of the modern painters. Warhol and Jasper Johns are probably my favorites.

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  11. I have to admit that I'm not that into art as I'd like to be. It takes a lot to appreciate art. I just don't seem to have the eye for it :)

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    1. I could never be in charge of any of it. I have no eye for value. Some of the things that sell for big bucks amaze me. ;) I guess that's part of the fun of art.

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  12. I don't know zilch when it comes to art. When I met my Hubs, he had a lot of art on his walls that had to do with a wildlife theme. We still have the same ones. One day I might have to bring in some more feminine art..... just so everyone knows a female does live in the house too.

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    1. My husband is a Native American and has his office decorated with it. He's had it for many, many years, long before I knew him. :)

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  13. Chagal, Klimt, Georgia O'Keefe ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

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    1. I really like O'Keefe's flowers. My husband likes Chagall. I hadn't heard of Klimt, but I Googled him and his work and know my husband would love it. :)

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  14. Monet I like subtle pretty pictures mostly

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  15. I am drawn to the enigmatic expressions of da Vinci's ladies, and I love Monet's gardens and ponds, especially since we visited his house and garden in France. Lovely post!
    God bless,
    Laurie

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    1. I'd like to visit the house and garden of Monet. I've only seen it in pictures, but it looks pretty fabulous, and def. like an inspiration for painting (or reading, playing, relaxing, etc.).

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  16. I'm not an "art" person really and my husband isn't either. So, we get along pretty good in that department! :) I had to laugh at your description of you and your husband agreeing on the big things in life, but having otherwise different tastes. That can be a good description of my husband and I a lot of times! Oh well, makes life interesting and teaches us to give and take!

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    1. It does teach give and take, and I'm always happy to compromise, or am thrilled when hubby does. ;)

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  17. van gogh ....
    LOVE :)
    sunflowers ... oh my

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    1. My husband is fascinated with Van Gogh. Loves him. :)

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  18. Van Gogh is my absolute fave! GREAT post! xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cheriese. :)

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  19. I am no expert but out of the pictures you've posted I definitely prefer your favorites. Maybe because I am a girly person, the softer the better :)

    Have a beautiful week and hope to see you at my hop.

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    1. We're no experts either, that's for sure, but we like to look.

      I'm already linked to your Monday hop:
      http://theseamanmom.blogspot.com/2013/04/smiles_22.html

      Thanks for having me. :)

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  20. I don't know too much about paintings and art but love the nature paintings by Claude Monet!

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    1. We had an opportunity to see a whole room of Monet's once, or so we thought, and we got to the museum and that one room was closed. Boooooo

      It would have been nice to a see a bunch of them together.

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  21. Salvador Dali is my favorite artist, but my favorite painting has to be Starry Night. I think you two should look into wooden carpet and a big family portrait that is also a mirror to satisfy everyone's requests!

    You're welcome.

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    1. We saw the museum dedicated to him in Prague. There's one in Florida I'd like to see if we get in that particular area.

      I think wooden carpet's not going to fly, but I LOVE the idea of a family portrait that is also a mirror. You were joking, but I'm excited at the prospects. hehehe

      Your post to your dad was amazing. Awesome. Incredible. And I loved it. :)

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  22. I like the impressionists. However, my favorite painting is Dali's The Persistence of Time. For clever ingenuity and amazing images how can you top M C Escher?

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    1. I had to look M.C. Escher up and you're right, his work is interesting and I found several that I really like!

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  23. I like Monet and have a few pieces framed around the house. (all original works.) lol! Kidding! That would be the day. I like your selections - beautiful.

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    1. Buahaha, 'gullible' that's what my husband calls me sometimes, and I guess he's right (somewhat =/ ) because my jaw hit the floor when I read "all original works." lolololol

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  24. You and your husband have some great paintings Rosey! I do not have any masterpieces. Take care and have an enjoyable Monday.

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  25. I have to admit that I am horrible.horrible.horrible. when it comes to art and artists. Steve and I are a lot like you and your husband...we agree on the big stuff but often have different tastes in the small things.
    I hope you have a beautiful day, Rosey! Xoxox

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    1. Hurrah, looks like hubby and I are in good company. :)

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  26. That is a tough question. I like so many. I like Van Gogh and Picasso too. I also like Monet. I'm lucky to have painters in my husband's family, and have so many beautiful paintings in our house from them. I also like your Boticelli;)

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    1. You are lucky to have a husband who's family paints. That's a great way to keep things updated too. :)

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  27. Hmmm. I've never thought about a favorite painting. Interesting question!

    Love your pics :-)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I loved the lunch you sent off w/your son (from your blog post today), that was really cute!

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  28. Maybe I'm weird, but I don't have any artwork in my home. I prefer to look at photos of my family on my walls. However, I do love Thomas Kinkade and buy one of his calendars each year. If I had to pick an old artist, I do think Monet has some beautiful pieces.

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    1. Your artist makes me think of winter...which I don't mind at all, unless there's icy driving, then ixnay on the inter-way thoughts. ;)

      My goodness, I did just write P/Latin on my blog. I think the kids are influencing me too much these days, Theresa. ;)

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  29. I've read a few book on Van Gough and there was a Doctor Who episode about him so I can't help but love my Starry Night poster I have hanging above my fireplace :)

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    1. My son's school has that one up too. :)

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  30. Hmm this is a tough question because I am not a fan of painting. But I think Van Gough is interesting.

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    1. He is interesting, a very unique painter.

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  31. That's too tough of a question! It depends which room you are talking about, the style of the room and what the colors are in the room.

    For my kitchen I'd love a Frida Kahlo, but for any other room her work would not work at all! We have a Picasso print in our room. Lucky for us it's numbered. We have old maps in our living room. For all other rooms, it's artwork we've done.

    I like Salvador Dali, but his work wouldn't fit just anywhere. I also like Robert Rauschenberg. Jasper Johns' work is cool to. I can't just pick one.

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    1. You are lucky to have one that's numbered. That's nice!

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  32. I've always loved Van Gogh. Starry Night was my favorite painting growing up!

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    1. So many people do just love his work! I'm coming over to your blog now to see if there's any news on your new chicks. :)

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  33. I LOVE art, hehe. And...our entire house is filled with canvas paintings...that I've done. HAHA. It sort of looks like a gallery in here. Ha! I hope you've had a great day! :)

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    1. It's wonderful when your favorite artist is you. :) I can't even imagine how good that feels, I have trouble drawing stick figures (so not kidding).

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  34. I adore Ed Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. They are more modern of course. Currently I like Wolf Kahn---just acquired one of his prints recently and it is truly beautiful!

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    1. I've just looked them both up and they're very similar, arent't they? I like that they look almost real.

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  35. I adore modern art and architecture. My American artist fav is Georgia O'Keefe. I loved the tour we had of her museum in Sante Fe, NM. She was a genius.

    Thanks for the fun 'critique' of my outfit today. You are always so nice to me. (hug)

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    1. I want to visit New Mexico. I'd visit the museum too, if I went. :)

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  36. I prefer black and white photographs to paintings. Robert Doisneau's work is whimsical and sometimes shows pathos. I also like the b/w pictures of the great depression, ex. Dorothea Lang photos. I appreciate paintings on others walls but in my house I feel more comfortable with the b/w and I can change them often.

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    1. I like the black and white photos of times past (I saw some great ones of the city we live in not long ago). I just Google'd Doisneau and saw a really fun one of a classroom crossing a busy street. I think you're right, B&W would be fun for the house just because it would lend itself to frequent change if you wanted it too.

      Thanks for sharing, those were both fun photographers to find.

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  37. My favorite is Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the Grand Jatte. I tend to favor French impressionists since I studied the language for so long.

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    1. I love that painting too. I remember your post about going to France, it must have been extra fun for you if you were studying the language too.

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  38. I do not care for a lot of art, paintings or photography, especially modern art. Work trying to be 'edgy' or 'artsy' seems contrived. I do like some Beauguereau (we have the girl holding a book on her lap hanging in the living room) and some Colonial style folk art, landscapes, portraits, and theorems. We have a floral still life and a painting of Victorian women drinking tea. Thx for stopping by to visit my blog :)

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    1. It sounds like you have some great ones, and I agree some modern art does seem to be a bit contrived, but there are some that I like. :)

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  39. I lean towards your tastes in art. I don't really have a fave. I like religious pieces a lot. I also prefer to see people doing regular daily activities. I really like Monet.

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    1. I like Monet too. We were at a museum once that a room just for him, but the room was closed the day we were there. It was still a good visit, but it would have been better w/that room open, for sure. :)

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  40. Sunflowers by Van Gogh! I have a picture of it hanging on my wall!

    I kinda like Adolph Hitler's paintings though I hate the man. It always makes me wonder if history would have been changed had he not failed as an artist.

    Here's a link to share - http://ofmiceandramen.blogspot.com/2010/10/adolf-hitlers-paintings.html#comments

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    1. Thanks for the link, I've never seen his art. I'm going to go have a look.

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  41. Except for the really famous pieces, I don't know whose who in art. I just never got into it. I've always wanted to visit an art museum though.

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    1. We go to places to visit and never went to the one closest to us until a couple of years ago (duh to us). It turned out to be a great visit!

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  42. I'm not a huge fan of art myself, but I do like Robert Duncan...more farm animal art ;-)

    Thankfully my husband could care less about home furnishings...kinda-he'll tell me if he doesn't like it, but for the most part he's okay with what I do :-)

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    1. There's so much art out there. I read an article in the Wall Street Journal last week about an artist making millions, and not be rude (hurrah for the artist) but my smallest child could draw the kind of art that was being sold for so much. That kind of art, I just do not 'get' at all. No...that people would pay millions for that kind of art is what I don't get.

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  43. Hard to choose, but I love pretty much anything depicting beautiful women. I'm a sucker for a lovely lady with flowing clothing and hair. ;-)
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. Wearing beautiful Vintage, of course. :)

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