15 favourite paintings

Samuel Palmer, 'The Gleaning Field', c.1833, Tate
Samuel Palmer, ‘The Gleaning Field’, c.1833, Tate

On we go with the lists, and now we have fifteen favourite paintings of mine. They’re not all great works, but each has struck me in a particular way and lingered in the mind. Often they represent a particular time and place (London, Dublin, Canterbury, Manchester) that help make them specifically memorable for me. I’ve restricted it to one painting per artist, and they have to be paintings that I have actually seen. I have great affection for some works of art that I have never encountered in reality, but of course there is that special connection when standing face to face with the picture itself. You do not only see the work in its actual proportions, shades and tones (as opposed to the inevitable inaccuracies of a reproduction). You see it as the artist saw it; almost you could say that in seeing it you become as the artist. You understand what has been expressed, to the point where it becomes your expression.

As before, in no particular order, except the absolute favourite is at the top of this post.

Ivon Hitchens, 'Warnford Water, Movement Left and Right', 1959, Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
Ivon Hitchens, ‘Warnford Water, Movement Left and Right’, 1959, Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
Elisabeth Vigée LeBrun, 'Self Portrait in a Straw Hat', c.1782, National Gallery, London
Elisabeth Vigée LeBrun, ‘Self Portrait in a Straw Hat’, c.1782, National Gallery, London
William Scott, 'Morning in Mykonos', 1960-61, British Council collection
William Scott, ‘Morning in Mykonos’, 1960-61, British Council collection
Adolphe Monticelli, 'Roses', date?, York Museums Trust
Adolphe Monticelli, ‘Roses’, date?, York Museums Trust
Sean Scully, 'Wall of Light Sky', 2000, Dublin City Gallery
Sean Scully, ‘Wall of Light Sky’, 2000, Dublin City Gallery
David Jones, 'Flora in Calyx-Light', 1950, Kettle's Yard
David Jones, ‘Flora in Calyx-Light’, 1950, Kettle’s Yard
R.B. Martineau, 'Study for a Woman of San Germano', c.1864, Manchester City Galleries
R.B. Martineau, ‘Study for a Woman of San Germano’, c.1864, Manchester City Galleries
Jack Yeats, 'Two Travellers', 1942, Tate
Jack Yeats, ‘Two Travellers’, 1942, Tate
Annie Swynnerton, 'The Sense of Sight', 1895, Walker Art Gallery
Annie Swynnerton, ‘The Sense of Sight’, 1895, Walker Art Gallery
Ben Nicholson, 'June 1937', 1937, Tate
Ben Nicholson, ‘June 1937’, 1937, Tate
Georges de la Tour, 'St Sebastien Attended by St Irene', c.1650, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemäldegalerie
Georges de la Tour, ‘St Sebastien Attended by St Irene’, c.1650, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
Cy Twombly, 'Three Studies from the Temeraire', 2998-99, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Cy Twombly, ‘Three Studies from the Temeraire’, 2998-99, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Peter Paul Rubens, 'Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder', 1620, Cortauld
Peter Paul Rubens, ‘Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder’, 1620, Cortauld
Kaff Gerrard, 'In the Twilight, in the Evening', n.d., Canterbury Museums
Kaff Gerrard, ‘In the Twilight, in the Evening’, date?, Canterbury Museums

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