I've always been enamored of many different forms of art, though there is no particular style that I'm most fond of. Here, I have included a brief list of my favorite works from artists in different eras as well as styles. You may notice recurring themes throughout these pictures, particularly that of mythologically-inspired images and the depiction of female nudes goddesses seen mainly in the Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite pieces. In addition to Pre-Raphaelite, Renaissance, cubist, surrealist, and expressionist pieces, I've included works from the golden age of children's book illustrations. I hope you enjoy this rather eclectic collection... Please note that these works are in no particular order and that I have added brief explanations as to why they are on the list.
Edvard Munch's deeply insightful painting is a meditation on the insecurities, the vulnerability, and the feeling of loneliness that is inherent in the process of growing up. Never has an artist been able to so accurately and boldly depict the angst and awkwardness of early adolescence.
Edmund Dulac was a great admirer of Arthur Rackham and much of his work clearly shows his influence. However, Dulac's greatest strength was in depicting scenes from Middle Eastern and Asian folklore, fairy tales, and myths. This image shows his remarkable ability to capture the mystique and grace of traditional Asian femininity. Glorious!
Dali's ability to combine hidden imagery and echoes of other great artists in totally separate styles of art is displayed in many of his paintings, however, this one stands out for me as the most unusual and the most aesthetically pleasing.
Gorgeously rendered image of a Turkish bath. At the time of this painting's creation, there was a fervid interest in foreign practices and Middle Eastern customs, especially when they touched upon erotic aspects of daily life.
Klee was an adept in many styles of painting, but this is my favorite work of his because of its geometric shapes and over all simplicity in design. Despite the vacant look of the subject, the painting is rather expressive.
Perhaps the most erotic and iconic vampire painting ever! Philip Burne-Jones was the son of Edward Burne-Jones, one of the great Pre-Raphaelite painters, so that this should appear on my list is no real surprise.