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. 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. Also, you may notice a number of works are inspired by Shakespeare.
One of the most memorably horrific images of death, or rather the presence of it. The fear of being mistaken for dead was a common one during this period and it inspired a host of great artists and writers to explore the subject. Antoine Wiertz's painting is one of the best examples and remains my favorite.
Monet was obsessed with water lilies and he spent about twenty years painting images of his own garden along with water lilies. Of all the masterpieces he created, this one is my favorite because of the lighting and the quality of the reflection.
One of the most haunting paintings ever. So nostalgic and bittersweet. The woman here reminds me a bit of Jewel. One of my favorite Japanese paintings because of the way it blends Eastern and Western artistic styles.
Courbet was quite controversial during his time because of his realistic and sometimes explicitly graphic images of nudity. This painting, however, seems so elegant that it's hard to believe that anyone would take offense. Beautiful.
Not only do I love the myth of Undine (or Ondine), but the works of art that the myth have inspired are equally impressive. I love the contrast between the red hair and the green waves, laced with white foam.
Possibly Gauguin's most famous painting and one of my favorites too, mainly because of the look on the young woman's face, as though she thinks she has the upper hand on Death, who sits stoically in the background.
A gorgeous image by Renoir, who had done a number of paintings with a similar theme. Renoir, more so than any other Impressionist artist, was capable of drawing the most idealized and beautiful women. He managed to capture the essence of feminine beauty without allowing himself to objectify females.
Goya had a way of portraying women that allowed them to be sensual and expressive, yet without giving away the "feminine mystique". There's something in the eyes of these women that hints at their thoughts, which are clearly quite risque, but Goya doesn't spell it out or make some obscene display of their sexuality.
A perfect look at a man's mind unraveling. Perhaps, the most humorous and disturbing self portrait ever. The urban legend is that van Gogh did this to himself after being left by his prostitute lover, but in actuality, it's quite possible that he had gotten into a brawl with friend Gauguin and Gauguin injured him unintentionally. Most people still associate it with van Gogh's mental instability and self-destructive habits.
Somehow, despite the over all morbid scene of a man about to be hung, I've always found this to be a lovely image. There's something so poetic about a denizen of nature, particularly a bird, being the witness of an execution.
A predominantly unknown and under-appreciated work, based on the Alice stories of Lewis Carroll. At once, this painting is both beautiful and whimsical, but also somewhat eerie. I love the presence of the smoke spirit rising from the candle and the black cat.