"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