“Great art picks up where nature ends.” — Chagall
What are my favorite pieces of art? I love neoclassical pieces, impressionism, renaissance portraits. I find beauty in the realistic. Modern abstract paintings hold very little appeal. I want to see a reflection of reality, but I better reflection. The painting must be idealized. It must pick “up where nature ends” as Chagall alludes to. I want to see a approximation of perfection. A dream, maybe, but very enjoyable to the senses.
So, here are a few pieces that have caught my eye.
The Cupid Seller — Joseph Marie Vien
Liberty Leading the People — Delacroix
Angelica Kauffman Self-Portrait
Jan Van Eyck — Arnolfini Wedding
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres — Grand Odalisque
Antonio Canova — Cupid and Psyche