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Old 06-19-2008, 03:05 AM
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Default Please post your all-time favourite piece of visual art

Mine is by Piet Mondriaan (1872-1944) and is entitled "Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow" and is from 1936:



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Piet Mondrian was a 20th century abstract painter whose most famous compositions are made up of black lines and colored rectangles. Mondrian's early works were naturalistic and impressionistic landscapes, but his discovery of cubism around 1910 put him on the path toward pure abstraction. He left his home in the Netherlands for Paris in 1912, but returned to the Netherlands in 1914 to care for his sick father. He remained there during World War I, exploring abstract forms and formulating an approach he called neo-plasticism. Back in Paris after the war, he made what may be his most famous painting, Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue (1921), a composition of primary colors in rectangles on a grid of black lines. In 1938 he went to England and in 1940 he moved to New York, where he continued to discard "non-essentials" and restrict his works to "basic forms of beauty." Influenced by the philosophical approach of theosophy, Mondrian believed painting to be a two-dimensional interpretation of nature that is guided by the artist's intuition. His paintings include Still Life with Ginger Pot I (1911), Composition (1916) and Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-43).
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The reason for posting this thread is to hopefully get some interesting responses from Phora members. I'm doing the hardwood in my condo soon and then plan on hanging some artwork which will be a mix of prints (abstract and Byzantine art) as well as some originals from local artists.
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The reason for posting this thread is to hopefully get some interesting responses from Phora members. I'm doing the hardwood in my condo soon and then plan on hanging some artwork which will be a mix of prints (abstract and Byzantine art) as well as some originals from local artists.
This is made of stone, but you could probably make one from wood no problemo.

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Old 06-19-2008, 03:49 AM
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:01 AM
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The reason for posting this thread is to hopefully get some interesting responses from Phora members. I'm doing the hardwood in my condo soon and then plan on hanging some artwork which will be a mix of prints (abstract and Byzantine art) as well as some originals from local artists.

Nothing says high class sophisticate like a handful of fifty dollar prints from Art.com interspersed with blue-ribbon winning entries from the East Gwillimbury Senior Center Art Auction.
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:22 AM
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Nothing says high class sophisticate like a handful of fifty dollar prints from Art.com interspersed with blue-ribbon winning entries from the East Gwillimbury Senior Center Art Auction.

Except that they're not 50 dollar prints from art.com and West Gwillimbury is a bit far for me to travel to visit. Now, do you have any favourite you'd like to add?
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Nothing can compete with the pictures inside my head.

Actually, I like the simple pic down below a lot. It's as good as any to call favorite. It says so much. Plus, Jews hate it when people like art like that.
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Illustration for John Milton’s “Paradise Lost“ by Gustave Doré, 1866
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