Friday, 26 April 2013

The best three artists (painters)


I love portraits best, so:

1. Rembrandt

He seems to me the deepest painter/ portraitist that ever lived.  In general, I don't find paintings to be deep - Rembrandt is the exception.

(The same applies, more strongly, for sculpture. I find good sculpture decorative rather than deep with a single exception: Rodin.)

2. 18th century British Portraitists whose names mostly begin with R

Raeburn, Ramsay, Reynolds, Romney, Gainsborough, Kneller...

I'm not sure why I like these so much, but I do!

3.  John Singer Sargent

Pure joy, entrancing delight - astonishing virtuosity.