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Who is YOUR favorite artist? May 18, 2010

Filed under: Favorite artist — erinkdougherty @ 11:37 am

As an art educator working in a museum, the question that I’m asked most often is “Who is your favorite artist?” This is easy for me to answer.

 Vincent van Gogh has always moved me. His paintings and his life are so intertwined and complicated. His moods are evident in the colors he uses as well as in his brushstrokes on the canvas. To me, his paintings have that “it” factor—by that I mean that when I stand in front of his art, something magical happens. He has left part of himself on the canvas for me to try and understand. I like art that makes me think and feel. It sounds simple, but it’s hard to do as an artist.

The White Orchard, 1888 Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)


This is only my opinion of Van Gogh. He’s not for everyone, but that’s the brilliance of art—you can choose your own favorite. I’m going to ask my colleagues here at the High who their favorite artist is and report back to you. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to write and tell me who your favorite is or maybe you will even find a new artist to enjoy.

 Also, if you’d like to read more about Vincent van Gogh or see more of his art, here is a great link:  http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp?lang=en

Happy pondering,



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