Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A is for...


Since I am attempting to finish chapter 7 this morning, I've decided to keep today's post--Tuesday's regularly scheduled & the last day of the What's So Random? Blog Your Name Out! challenge--short and simple.  I started this challenge with "A" (the first letter of my name), declaring A is for Architecture, and so I figured why not end the same way I began? With pictures.

In honor of one of our world's greatest pastimes, I give you the top ten most famous art paintings of all time. (Yes, there is actually a list.) Beginning with #10:

From the Lake by Georgia O’Keeffe

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali

The Dream by Pablo Picasso

Corner of the Garden at Montgeron by Claude Monet

 Café Terrace at Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre Auguste Renoir

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci

Any surprise Da Vinci's masterpiece slid in at #1? Personally, I love Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring, because it inspired so many writer's pens. Artwork has a way of doing that, doesn't it? Inspiring the uninspired? Isn't that a line from, like, Van Wilder or something?

Which painting among the world's top ten is your most favorite? And for a bit of fun, if you were to set pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, what kind of story might this famous work of art pull outta that brilliant brain of yours?

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,



Andrew Leon said...

I want to know where you got this list, because I don't believe it. :P I mean, -I'm- unfamiliar with a couple of those, and I've had more than my share of art classes. And, if I were to take those out on the street, I'm not thinking most people wouldn't recognize more than a couple.

On another note, I don't think I ever realized just what the dream is in "The Dream" before today.

Lynda R Young said...

I personally love Vincent Van Gogh's work. They are so wonderful and free.

Jacqueline said...

Cool series this past week, Nikki...I personally like Van Gogh=Paris or even my own French New Orleans seem to jump out at me in Café Terrace at Night and I adore the serenity and simple beauty of Starry Night...When I saw Mona Lisa at the Louvre, I was struck by the idea of it/the familiarity of it, but it is not what I considered a piece of beauty that transformed me to another time, place, etc like I think great art should=in my opinion, like an exquisite book, all art, words or paintings, should possess the quality of taking you away in the moment...

Clare Dunn said...

Love it!!

xoxoxo, cd

One more day to go in the Challenge for me!

xoxoxo, cd

Alyssia said...

@Andrew This actually came from a list a friend of mine sent me, and you're right: I didn't recognize a few of them. For one thing, I really thought the screaming man would be among the lot. As for Picasso's painting... um... I don't think I wanna know what she's dreaming. ;)

@Lynda Van Gogh is one of my all time favorites, too. Love his use of color.

@Jacqueline Thank you! What a lovely insight on the way art should transport you into another world, much like a book. I couldn't agree more. That, also, is why I prefer Van Gogh above all the others.

@Clare Hi there! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with the remainder of the challenge! :)

Stephanie said...

Starry Night is amazing! I do like other's too. I love it and even remember when I made a similar one in Elementary school :p
Congrats!! You finished and you did a great job. Thank you for participating! I hope it was fun and I appreciate the fact that you wanted join my little challenge. My award button is at my blog and you are welcome to grab it.
Thank you:)

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