The best "Impressionist" in my opinion. He could draw circles around all
the others. The only one who comes close is Monet. Degas was a master of
composition, and a great draftsman. One of the other things I've always liked about
him was his immediacy. He was a very aggressive artist.
A very talented "virtuoso" painter.
His best work is worthy of Sargent, who was a contemporary of his, but overall, he
wasn't as prolific. He's been virtually ignored by art historians.
Giacometti's fame is the result of his
sculptures, but personally, I've always been fascinated by his paintings and drawings.
If you haven't seen them, you should look for them. They're fascinating to
look at. (He would draw or paint the same marks repetitively, one on top of the
other. The end result being essentially forty of so drawings superimposed on top of
An "American Impressionist",
(I hate that term) Hassam is simply a great American painter. Beautiful color,
incredible control of values within his paintings, and he drew better than any of the
French Impressionists, with perhaps the exception of Degas. Really strong artist
One of the best American painters this
century. Couldn't draw worth a damn, but he more than made up for it with his
compositional and color skills. I think of him as being the "heir" of
Degas--you can see the influence in his work. Extraordinary at manipulating the
Probably the most ambitious artist
ever. Reading his biography, I'm always amazed by his apparent strength of will.
He could do it all, exquisite
draftsman, maybe the best this century, very skilled painter, designer, and everything
else. Pretty much ignored by art historians, I think he's one of the most skilled
artists of this century, though he is admittedly nowhere near as significant as many
John Singer Sargent