Day 7: Favourite Pictures
Today’s theme is favourite pictures. I suspect it’s supposed to be personal pictures, but that’s the thing- they’re personal, and I want to keep them as such. Instead, I thought I would share some of my favourite pieces of artwork.
Girl with a Pearl Earring- Vermeer
I much prefer this to the smug Mona Lisa. The shading on the girl’s face is beautifully contoured, but for me her eyes are what make the picture so special. They are so wide and innocent, and you get a real impression of the girl behind the painting. I actually painted a copy of this for my Art GCSE, which in hindsight was a tad overambitious! It turned out pretty well though.
Liberty Leading the People- Eugène Delacroix
To be perfectly honest, I first saw this on the album cover of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. I’ll probably always associate it with the song too. For me, both this painting and the actual song Viva La Vida will always represent revolution (and bring back memories of singing “I USED TO RUUUULE THE WORLD” on our D of E expedition!). I love the fact a woman’s in the forefront, too. I know she’s supposed to be the goddess Liberty, but she also weirdly reminds me of Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities (except hopefully less villainous, and minus the knitting!).
Garden at Vetheuil- Monet
I don’t really like Monet’s style, but I came across this in a book of art postcards and liked it. It features sunflowers, which kinda automatically makes it a, er, sunny picture, and the child walking down the path reminds me of Mary in the Secret Garden. It’s how I envisage she comes to see the garden- bursting with life and colour.
Well, this is my take on the challenge, so why not throw in some photography?
I adore black and white photography, especially of people, be that a conscious decision or simply because the photo’s old. I love the intensity and the drama the contrast lends the picture, and the inky effect it gives the subject’s irises.
What are your favourite pictures?