My Top 10 Most Remarkable Paintings

29 07 2008

My Top 10 Most Remarkable Paintings

10. “The Runaway” by Norman Rockwell

This is also another painting that tells its own story. The policeman is trying to convince the

kid not to runaway from home. It’s a classic image of the U.S. in 1940s. Well, that maybe just me.

9. “The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali

Very surrealist and dream-like painting. You’d imagine yourself being in a dream once you

see this melting clock and possibly look for an exit from the place where time stops or melts.

8. “Le Bal au Moulin de la Galette” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

This painting also contains rich details of its background. You can feel the sense of live

energy in this painting. Most of the paintings would just focus on the foreground of the

painting. But this one focuses on both foreground and background. That’s what makes it great.

7. “Three Musicians” by Pablo Picasso

I like this painting because, personally, I think Picasso’s Cubism movement is one of his

finest working period. You can actually feel the live music by just looking at this painting.

6. “Olympia” by Edouard Manet

This painting can tell the story for itself. My take on the painting is the woman just receives

another flower by her admirers. But from the look of her force, she’s getting bored and

perhaps wants something new.

5. “The Milkmaid” by Johannes Vermeer

This painting is richly detailed. You can practically see almost every detail in this painting.

The lighting is also perfect – not too dark and not too bright. This maybe just me but I like the

way Vermeer hung the basket behind the maid. It looks natural.

4. “Son of Man” by Rene Magritte

To this day, I still can’t figure it out what the apple stands for. My take on the picture is the

sense of mysteriousness that this man has – the man who wears Bowler’s Hat.

3. “Blue Poles: Number 11” by Jackson Pollock

I would say that his painting technique is quite brilliant – to let the paint drop freely onto the

canvas. Let it takes its form. The result is Pollock’s finest painting.

2. “Water-Lilly Pond Series” by Claude Monet

Monet had this ability to paint a very dream-like picture in his paintings, including “Water-

Lilly Pond Series”. You can actually feel the water ripples through the pond.

1. “Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper

The key theme of the painting  is the loneliness within the city. It was late at night and we

have these people sitting in an all-night diner. This really captures that feeling of loneliness in

the city. It has been tweaked to various occasions – from Cartoon Network commercial to CSI

promotional material.



One response

10 09 2009

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