I draw (pencil, charcoal, and conte crayon) and
paint (pastel and watermedia), but generally I enjoy other
people's artwork to mine. I especially like landscapes as
you might figure from my selection of favorite painters. I also
like photography, which is not an art,
so I include it on a separate page to not reinforce
current established views on the subject.
- Albrecht Dürer His woodcuts. Some of his other
- Francisco de Goya I don't care for his paintings
much, but his drawings are captivating.
- Gustave Moreau I liked his drawings better than
his paintings, though the latter were sometimes quite
good. I saw his works in June 1999 at the Met.
- Rembrandt Just about any drawing by him.
- Lawrence Alma-Tadema He might be formulaic, but I
like him. "Expectations" and "Ask Me No
More" are among my favorites of his.
- Albert Bierstadt Almost any landscape of his will
do. He seems to squeeze the whole world into a canvass
without making it look stupid.
- Adolphe-William Bouguereau "The
Bohemian" and his other non-religious works.
- Paul Cezanne Still lifes and landscapes.
- Gustave Courbet Landscapes.
- Caspar David Friedrich "Chalk Cliffs on
Rugen," "Cloister Cemetery in the Snow"
(original is lost), "Riesengebirge," "The
Sea of Ice," "Tetschen Altar or Cross in the
Mountains," and "Wanderer Above the Sea of
Fog" are my favorites of his. The last is my
favorite of the favorites.
- Winslow Homer Landscapes and seascapes. I used to
like him more.
- George Innes Landscapes. I don't like him as much
as Bierstadt, but he's still good and seems to have a far
wider range of subject matter.
- Louis Remy Mignot His landscapes, of course!
- Thomas Moran Landscapes, of course.
- Camille Pissarro His paintings of the French
countryside and small town roads.
- Rembrandt Many of his more domestic scenes. I
don't have a catelog of his works on hand.
- Nicholas Roerich His landscapes too. I've seen a
lot of his stuff at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in
- Jacob Ruisdael His landscapes.
- Alfred Sisley His landscapes.
- Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida I find his works very
light and joyous. Peter Saint-André turned me on to him.
- Joseph William Mallord Turner Many, though he can
bore me after a while.
- Vincent van Gogh I'm not into the usual stuff. I'm
mostly into his paintings of flowers like
"Irises" and "Two Cut Sunflowers, One
Upside Down." The latter I've seen up close and
personal at the Met.
- Jacob van Ruisdael Landscapes! I saw quite a few
of his paintings at Princeton in July 1999.
- Adolf von Menzel Landscapes.
- John W. Waterhouse "The Lady of Shallot"
(1888), "A Naiad," and "Hylas and the
Nymphs" among others.
- Andrew Wyeth Lots, but mostly his landscapes. I
had the good fortune to see an exhibit of his works in
1998 at the Whitney.
- Frederick Macmonnies "Horsetamer."
- Michelangelo "David."
- Frederic Remington Some of his stuff is okay,
though he seems to descend to formula.
- "I can still find no better definition
of art than this, Art is man added to nature
nature, reality, truth, but with a
significance, a conception, a character,
which the artist brings out in it, to which
he gives expression, which he disentangles,
sets free, and interprets." Van