Things for which I am grateful #233 – 274 – Art.

As you’ve probably gathered, the arts are a huge part of my life. And this is my mantra:

 

Without the arts,

We have no culture.

Without culture,

We have no society.

Without society,

We have no civilisation.

And without civilisation,

We have anarchy.

 

Which, in itself, is paradoxical, because so many artists are viewed as rebels to society. To me, artists aren’t rebels, they are pioneers. They show us new ways of interpreting the world.

Art galleries are my cathedrals. They are the places I go to escape from reality and immerse myself in the presence of their genius.

Here are a few of my favourite artists. (I haven’t included ones that I’ve already written individual posts about, such as Modigliani, Chang or Lautrec.)

As you can see, I’m quite traditional in a lot of respects. What I love about much of the impressionistic work is the space, light, colour, composition and texture. Quite a lot of them have a simple, graphic quality, too. Which, perhaps, is no surprise considering that that is what I studied at art college.

Some famous names missing. Who are your favourites?

Michael McGinn

Michael McGinn

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith

Yup, Banksy.

Yup, Banksy.

Edouard Vuillard

Edouard Vuillard

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Gaugin

Gaugin

Igor Shipilin

Igor Shipilin

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

Kees van Dongen

Kees van Dongen

Kris Kuksi 1

Kris Kuksi 1

Kris Kuksi 2

Kris Kuksi 2

Manet

Manet

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt

Matisse

Matisse

Yes, Monet.

Yes, Monet.

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry

Picasso 1

Picasso 1

Picasso 2

Picasso 2

Pierre et Gilles

Pierre et Gilles

Renoir

Renoir

Sergey Rimashevsky

Sergey Rimashevsky

Sorolla

Sorolla

The chapman bros

The chapman brothers 1

The Chapman Brothers 2

The Chapman Brothers 2

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

Vermeer

Vermeer

Degas

Degas

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

Egon Schielle

Egon Schielle

Gustave Klimt

Gustave Klimt

Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard

Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova

Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne

William Merritt Chase

William Merritt Chase

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Richard Estes

Richard Estes

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck

Foujita

Foujita

Wilhelm Hammershøi

Wilhelm Hammershøi

Frederick Childe Hassam

Frederick Childe Hassam

Peder Severin Krøyer

Peder Severin Krøyer

Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot

Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro

 

By the way, if any late-comers are wondering what the hell all the numbers are about in the titles of these posts, the reason is: I decided, at the back end of 2013, to write 365 things for which I am grateful – one for every day of the year.

Why? Because, I think a lot of us in the ‘West’, (including me), sometimes forget how lucky we are and take too many things for granted. Which people in other parts of the world would die for, and do so, on a regular basis.

 

 

 

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23 responses to “Things for which I am grateful #233 – 274 – Art.

  1. Absolute heaven! Thanks, David.

  2. Reblogged this on SOCIAL BRIDGE and commented:
    This is a magnificent post and one that should appeal to all art lovers.

  3. Beautiful post. To this list, I would add Montreal artists Armand Tatossian and Yehouda Chaki.

  4. So evocative on a Sunday morning. I am fifteen again walking through the National Gallery. Thanks for the memory.

  5. Love that you admire such a range especially Pierre et Gilles, Banksy & Grayson Perry. Cheers Sue.

  6. What a treat that post was — my Sunday afternoon armchair trip to an art gallery :-)

    By the way, I have an Edward Hopper wall calendar in my office right next to my desk — a different painting for each month.

    There’s something so simple yet striking about that Salvador Dali painting you’ve posted. I remember going to an exhibition of his paintings when I was about 14.

  7. Hi there thanks for liking my blog enough to follow me! I am always delighted and surprised to get a new follower. It is good to meet you , having read your biopic all I can say is I am unworthy! ;) xx

  8. Beautiful post, David. I found you through Jean’s reblog. I also found some of my favorite artists here and I love how you’ve numbered your posts on things you’re grateful for. I’ve just been tagged in a similar type post on facebook. :) It’s a fun way of reminding us about gratitude and as you mentioned, things we have (in the west) that others would die for…thanks for sharing!
    Best wishes, Lauren

  9. Thanks for following me, David! I’m now following you, too, and that is the joy of finding new “friends” through other blogging friends. I just read your credentials, though, and they far outweigh my amateur poetry blog, so I hope you do enjoy your visits! :)
    All the best, Lauren

  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this glorious trip through an art gallery.

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