I'm curious as to what some of your favorite paintings are; we've been analyzing different paintings in one of my classes and I'm sure some of you guys could share some interesting works of art. So, have at it, post pictures of paintings you like or find interesting and if you feel like it, tell why.
Wanderer Above the Mists is one of my favorites too. I love romantic paintings, mainly because I just love romanticism but also because a lot of them are just so awe-inspiring.
Iconic paintings are also appealing to me because I like looking into the historical/mythological contexts behind them. With iconography, there's so many replications and interpretations of one subject... gives you a lot to flip through.
Favorite painters: Franz von Stuck, Tadema, Fernand Khnopff, Ivan Aivazovsky, Gustav Klimt
My favourite has to be this, 'Pollice Verso' by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Even though the gladiator is dwarfed by the arena he still manages to appear large, imposing and even god-like. The colours are earthy, the textures are amazing and the characters in the crowd detailed and expressive. The masterstroke is the red flag just behind the gladiator which brings your eye to him and makes him the focus of the painting.
Am I the only person who doesn't care for the "Starry Night" painting? To me, it looks like a child painted it. I guess it's supposed to be more of an emotional piece, but to me it is just unappealing.