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    Posted: 16 Aug 2011 at 22:19
Tired of all the praise being heaped on contemporary artists, then share your views of your favorite historical artists, that is prior to the 20th century, and why you admire or like their work. To start it off and hopefully with more additions if this thread proves of interest to others...

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- My wife introduced me to his paintings when we first met and of all the impressionists, he has to be my favorite. For me, it has to be primarily about his portrait work. The way he captures the subject, especially at the beginning of his career, is most flattering... regardless for the background. Example, "Irene" (We have this reprinted picture in our bedroom.):

http://artmight.com/Artists-more/Renoir-Pierre-Auguste/renoir-mlle-irene-cahen-danvers-251045p.html

For more on Renoir:

http://www.abcgallery.com/R/renoir/renoirbio.html

Albrecht Dürer
- I think, the greatest German renaissance painters, but in the whole, he is probably the more under-appreciated of the Renaissance artists. In a word, details and the way he uses shadows. Dürer's Self portrait



















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I have a deal of trouble picking between Rembrandt and Velasquez, but Velasquez gets it by a head (to use an inappriate metaphor). I get a vibrancy from Velasquez I don't find in Rembrandt, which I suppose may be due the different light they were working with. So it's an emotional reaction, as it should be, but I think for technique I give Rembrandt the edge because of the way he used differential focussing to attract attention to selected parts of the painting.
 
As a bit of an oddball outsider I confess to being a sucker for  Georges de la Tour's use of candlelight. I give his paintings in he Louvre speciallattenrion whenever I'm there.
 
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