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Perks
01-12-2017, 08:38 PM
So, a painting figures prominently in the story I'm working on. I'm getting up on needing to decide who this painting is by. It need not be a real painting, but it will be billed as an early work of an artist whose paintings go for big money.

I didn't want anything obvious like a Picasso or a Van Gogh or Monet, and I don't yet have anything in mind, so I was wondering if a suggestion by one of you lovely people, if you had a favorite that would fit the bill, might not be fun to work with.

: )

KTC
01-12-2017, 08:40 PM
Odilon Redon is my very favourite painter. I went mad in 2014 when I got to see so much of his stuff in the museums of Paris. Not enough people know of his beautiful works.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odilon_Redon

autumnleaf
01-12-2017, 08:41 PM
Frida Kahlo

Maggie Maxwell
01-12-2017, 08:45 PM
Dali or Bernard Buffet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Buffet) are the two that come to mind for me.

Tazlima
01-12-2017, 08:49 PM
Oh, how about René Magritte?

Marlys
01-12-2017, 08:50 PM
Might be fun to pick someone like Verrocchio, where there's a lot of confusion over whether an attribution should be to the artist personally or to their studio.

tiggs
01-12-2017, 08:57 PM
Bosch. Hieronymus Bosch.

(Shaken, not stirred.)

If it's Big money -- then perhaps this link to record painting sales (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_paintings) may help.

KTC
01-12-2017, 09:03 PM
Oh, how about René Magritte?

Rene and Georgette Magritte
With their dog apres la guerre

CWatts
01-12-2017, 09:24 PM
For someone more contemporary, how about Basquiat (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Michel_Basquiat)? He died tragically young (another member of the 27 Club), his collectors include rock stars and there's already been some forgeries.

KTC
01-12-2017, 09:32 PM
For someone more contemporary, how about Basquiat (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Michel_Basquiat)? He died tragically young (another member of the 27 Club), his collectors include rock stars and there's already been some forgeries.
Love his stuff! Saw a Basquiat exhibit here in Toronto at the AGO last year. (-:

cornflake
01-12-2017, 09:34 PM
Magritte or Dali? Dali has a lot of early work and pencil work out there. I know someone who owns one.

Marissa D
01-12-2017, 10:04 PM
Hans Holbein the Younger

stephenf
01-12-2017, 10:07 PM
Double Nude Portrait: The Artist and his Second Wife (The leg of mutton nude), 1937 - Stanley Spencer - WikiArt.org (https://www.wikiart.org/en/stanley-spencer/double-nude-portrait-the-artist-and-his-second-wife-the-leg-of-mutton-nude-1937)

Stanley Spencer is not so well know outside of England

Cobalt Jade
01-12-2017, 10:16 PM
Hans Holbein? He's known for his portraits of Henry VIII and his wives.

Alessandra Kelley
01-12-2017, 10:39 PM
Remedios Varo. A Spanish-Mexican surrealist, one of a number of overlooked women modernists. Her paintings are a lot of fun to look at.

dirtsider
01-12-2017, 10:50 PM
Bob Ross https://www.bobross.com/

anakhouri79
01-13-2017, 12:07 AM
Rothko? I think a lot of his stuff could go unnoticed if people weren't familiar with him.

Marissa D
01-13-2017, 12:14 AM
Hans Holbein? He's known for his portraits of Henry VIII and his wives.

Yes, he is. He also did courtiers and the nobility and gentry and wealthy merchants and whoever could afford his fees. Previously unknown Holbeins still turn up occasionally, especially pencil portraits.

Deb Kinnard
01-13-2017, 02:01 AM
You'll probably want to use the name of someone who's no longer with us. My personal faves: Georgia O'Keeffe. Ansel Adams. John Williams Waterhouse. Maxfield Parrish. Alphonse Mucha.

How long have you got?

King Neptune
01-13-2017, 03:33 AM
Your best bet might be something that is thought to have been produced by Michelangelo's studio, with or without his hand touching it, that is thought to be lost. Such as: Leda and the Swan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leda_and_the_Swan); c. 1530; Egg tempera on panel; Lost (The is is just one of many)
scroll down
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_Michelangelo

Perks
01-13-2017, 03:35 AM
You guys are awesome. I will be looking all these up!

King Neptune
01-13-2017, 04:02 AM
Some lost or stolen masterpieces

http://www.oddee.com/item_98664.aspx

blacbird
01-13-2017, 07:46 AM
Vermeer is a big name. I think only about 30 authenticated paintings are attributed to him. Finding another of his works would be huge.

caw

Siri Kirpal
01-13-2017, 08:51 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Dittoing Redon and Vermeer. Bonnard would be another possibility.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

Silva
01-13-2017, 08:55 AM
Remedios Varo. A Spanish-Mexican surrealist, one of a number of overlooked women modernists. Her paintings are a lot of fun to look at.

Seconded.

If you're on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/female.artists.in.history/ might be a cool resource.

M Louise
01-13-2017, 10:35 AM
If you want a landscape painter who has great cachet, you might look at Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840).

If you want someone more contemporary, what about Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) the Abstract Expressionist? Authenticating his work has caused interesting difficulties and controversy.

One art theft has always fascinated me because the paintings are so famous and the odds are high one of them will resurface sooner or later. In 1990 thieves broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole works by Manet, Degas, Rembrandt and Vermeer, a heist worth more than $500-million. None of these paintings has been recovered yet.

Frankie007
01-13-2017, 07:03 PM
Bob Ross and Thomas Kinkade!

benbenberi
01-13-2017, 07:32 PM
How about one of the great American Impressionists? William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, John Henry Twachtman, etc. - there were loads of them (inc. a lot of women), lots of very good work, much of it highly valued by serious art collectors

Neyla
01-14-2017, 11:18 PM
Will the painting itself be described in the novel? Have an importance as such? Be symbolic of any sorts?

wendygoerl
01-19-2017, 02:12 AM
Ho 'bout Chuck Close? He's know now for his ultra-large $six/seven-figure portraits, but he dabbled around with abstract in his college days. One ("Man Walking") showed up on Antiques Roadshow; if memory serves, it was high-5/low-6 figures.

Alessandra Kelley
01-19-2017, 02:21 AM
Ho 'bout Chuck Close? He's know now for his ultra-large $six/seven-figure portraits, but he dabbled around with abstract in his college days. One ("Man Walking") showed up on Antiques Roadshow; if memory serves, it was high-5/low-6 figures.

Oh, well, when he started out Claes Oldenburg sold little sculptures at the 57th Street Art Fair, an annual June event in my neighborhood. None of them seem to have turned up lately, but they would probably be worth a pretty penny given his subsequent international career.

(But that's sculpture, not painting)