Vincent Van Gogh, Banksy, Chuck Close, Cai Guo-Qiang, all amazing artists, all innovative, creative, and damn well talented. These four artists are in the top spots for having created some of my most favorite pieces of art. But for this post, i am only to choose one. To somehow choose from Banksy's social statements and superhero like illusiveness, to Qiang's capture of raw movement in breathtaking explosive drawings.
For me this was an near impossible task. Though i have come up with the results. Vincent Van Gogh's classic, Starry Night.
This painting has always been a favorite of mine since i was really young. Van Gogh had created this piece while he was in the care of a psychiatric center in France.
What intrigues me most of this painting is that it was painted by memory during the day. The painting my be fairly inaccurate since Van Gogh had no reference but his own mind. But i believe that makes this painting remarkable. I gives us as viewers, a sense of what Van Gogh saw, a window into his mind if you will. Not to mention the gorgeous deep blues and glimpses of yellow and white that light up the night sky. Every aspect of this painting has always made me smile, making this painting an all time favorite of mine.
(image taken from www.paintingsite.net/famous-paintings-renaissance.html)