09 January 2013


True to my word, here are My 10 Can't do without-paintings-this time its raining Men. Would that I-could own them, I hope I would be ready to share them with the world!

Dosso Dossi's work is beautiful-enigmatic, the artist was noted for his very personal-mysterious paintings. The sitter has actually been described by historians as a young girl-that Dossi could paint such a work makes the painting and painter-forever fascinating and seductive.

Dosso Dossi
   Portrait of a Young Man holding a Dog and a Cat
(10" x 12" approx.) 
c. 1512-1540 artist's death

Dossi was an admirer of the great Renaissance master Giorgione. Giorgione's early death at around 30 years of age and the lasting effect of his work is undeniable. The face in this portrait-as in Dossi's -of knowing-of innocence-one that we want to know.  These two painters were painting way over my head. Still so many questions about their work and their lives -unanswered. things we want to know.

 Portrait of young man 
(19" x 23")

his painting The Tempest may be my absolute favorite singular painting

This Jan Van Eyck portrait is thought to be a self portrait. Why this painting?
It's the red turban.

possibly a self portrait
(about 8" x 10")
c. 1433

The other Italian of the ten-the beautiful Raphael-painting the beautiful Altoviti-his painting can be seen in the National Gallery in Washington. Isn't that wonderful? Isn't he beautiful? Does there have to be more?

Bindo Altoviti
(23" x 17")
 c. 1515

Reynolds painted himself many times-I love this work. In this self portrait Reynolds looks firmly out at us-at his subject. His youth-no hindrance to his confidence-only the sun seems to slow him down.

Self Portrait
(25" x 29")
c. 1747-1749

The beautiful Courbet-the French Realist enjoyed painting himself too.Here with his dog- he pauses to observe us-no lack of self confidence. It was much the same in his life, he was beloved-but not without having his work derided by critics who did not want to see what he saw...The way things really are.

Self Portrait with a Black Dog
c. 1841

I think I'm a little in love with Lord Battersea-and it's not just the dog.

(20" x 25")

an equally dashing portrait of Battersea by Sandys would suffice

Another of Sargent's great and controversial works-Dr. Pozzi At Home-who was he waiting for? The fiery canvas isn't hot enough to extinguish the Doctor's bedside manners.

(79" x 40")

No fantasy collection would be complete without Picasso. From his Blue Period-the painter paints himself again.

Self Portrait
(24" x 32" approx)
c. 1902

Egon Schiele -protege of Klimt,painted this portrait when he was 19 years old. Young-yet considering Schiele was only 28 when he died-his work was perhaps at its zenith. Though this portrait lacks some of Schiele's characteristic distortion and perhaps is less appealing to Schiele followers- it is infinitely beautiful. His ability to capture artist Peschka's solitude- and not disrupt it-with his brilliant paints of coal black -fragile lavender, confetti green and dazzling Klimt-like pattern mesmerizes. Peschka's hands emerge from Schiele's exercise with great tenderness and reverence. Perhaps Schiele needed only his 28 years-this when he was 19.

Anton Peschka
 (39" x 43")

 c. 1909

Such a diverse collection with the exception of the 3 Italians-those Renaissance boys-4- including the elder Van Eyck of Flanders. The Renaissance-a period I could easily select 10 paintings from-yet there is no Titian's Man with A Glove, no Masaccio profile, no macho Veronese, no menacing Bosch. That would be too easy. Branching out- I've always admired the work of the handsome Frenchman Courbet and the figures of Schiele -easily an equal of Klimt. No collection would be complete without Sargent who captured an age of excess-but with faces that still are full of life nor complete without the mastery of Picasso-Master of them all. 
As I've noted-the Sandys painting of Battersea is just because he may be my ideal Man-alas there was no 2nd Baron of Battersea-his marriage to Constance de Rothschild was childless.


  1. I like your choices. Any ideas on the extraordinary hands of Dr. Pozzi? They are enormous....and the fingers?

    1. Mary-those hands are a full out discussion in themselves-lots of discussion on the JSS link in bold Sargent above, but I seem to remember reading that these were hands of a seducing nature-as well as a surgeon and gynecologist's. The position of the hands is suggestive-is he preparing to disrobe? His fingers are entwined around the ties and are pulling at them. Pozzi had many affairs-amongst his women-Madame X. Such a story there. Check the link to read some of the good gossip-and likely much of it fact! pgt

  2. Oh Wow!

    Such a brilliant beyond post!

    I agree! I would run away with the artist; as long as THAT DOG came with the package!

    The face of that dog!

    Lovely! Wonderful post!

    Thank you!!!


    1. Penelope- the dog is very tempting-along with the Courbet dog-who painted himself with the dog in another self portrait! There is certainly something about a man and his dog-Not to mention a woman and her dog! pgt

  3. Picasso - same as yours

    Any Francis Bacon Self Portrait

    Any Cezanne Self Portrait

    Balthus - Self Portrait - King of Cats

    Van Gogh - Self Portrait with the Bandaged Ear

    Lucien Freud - Self Portrait - Reflection

    Enrique Martinez Celaya - Burnt

    Enjoying this immensely and looking forward to seeing what others post.
    You have some lovely choices up there.

    1. Kathy, Aren't these self portraits of these painters wonderfully intriguing. "They're So Vain"-to paraphrase the song. There is a Lucien Freud sp I love and any of the many Van Gogh sp's are compelling-something so very tragic about them all. This Picasso is tremendous-I would love to really see IT. Thanks for your notes! pgt

    2. Gaye excellent choices, the Picasso, the Sargent, adore the Schiele, the Raphael, my favorites! Is it the color palettes, the impressive figures, the mystery? I just know they are timeless!

      Art by Karena

    3. Karen, that is true. It is hard to explain what draws us to Art. This is one reason it draws us-it transcends words. As I said with the Red turban-that's it-It's the Turban! pgt

  4. I love all your selections, Gaye, but the one I'd like to live with is the Courbet self-portrait. Looking at that expressive face would bring a smile every day.

    1. Both faces! Mark you have been such an inspiration for doing this. I needed to get back to what a painting means and why it draws us in. As a student Art History was my favorite subject-and today it still is . pgt

  5. Wishing you a Happy Blogger Birthday and a New Year Greeting...I just love your posts and wake up to them each morning. They always reassure me that there is good in the Universe. Thank you for all. Sherry

    1. Sherry-Wow, what a wonderful message to get. It's great to hear that. I do so appreciate your taking time to read each day.Gaye

  6. What patient would ever have a normal-pulse reading at the hands of Singer's Dr. Pozzi?

    You have chosen some beautiful men, PGT - but their extreme loveliness brings to mind "pretty is as pretty does", although we can't determine their character solely by appearance.

    Are there any good portraits of Albert Einstein? He's more my type.

    1. ha! so true, making the best choices in that regard has eluded me-double haha. Lord Battersea-was all those things from my reading of his life.pgt

  7. Hello Dr. Pozzi!

    For some odd reason, I have always been fond of Bronzino's "Portrait of Giovanni de Medici as a Child."

    1. J.W. the good Dr. seems to be getting much attention! I know that portrait-it makes me think I need to explore 10 dual portraits-and children's portraits too-which there are so many and I have some immediate favorites~ pgt

  8. Love your selection. Have a look at Halvdan Egedius' Spill og dans or really anything by Halfdan Egedius. Not sure I would trust Dr. Pozzi.

    1. I will do-I'm not familiar with the artist. there are Doctor's that are Not to be trusted! pgt

    2. Ironically, my gorgeous soon to be doctor friend looks just like him - and he is very trustworthy :D

  9. So many interesting portraits here! I would have to say of the ones you selected I would love to have the Reynolds. Happy Blog Birthday, I have been a fan since 2008 when I thought about a blog of my own. Sadly I did not have the courage until 2010 to make one. Thank you for your inspiration and beauty!

    1. Elizabeth, thank you for touching base-I love that Reynolds, and have for many years. I appreciate hearing that reading here has helped produce a blog. I thought about doing one for a while-just thoughts and had not really done any investigating or following blogs, I just sort of jumped in. It is lots of work but truly a joy. I am going to explore yours. pgt

  10. Rather lovely men you've chosen... actually there aren't many I'd want, I'd much prefer to have abstracts, landscapes and dogs. So just these two.

    Aubrey Beardsley - self portrait (1896)
    photo of Cecil Aldin with Micky and Cracker - because someone who could capture the spirit of those two cheeky pups is worth looking at!

    1. Beardsley's work is quite distinctive-I have been intrigued for years. I bet you are a fan of his work too. I am so interested in the Aldin works I may just have to do some research and a story about it.These two remind me of my dog and cat-they are always sacking out together. pgt

    2. I don't bet on certainties - I've been a Beardsley tragic for some 30 years. Lots of books of his works and biographies, and once a copy of the Yellow Book simply for his cover illustration. The elegance and power in his line work is compelling.

      We have 3 dogs - two of them are an Irish Wolfhound and a Bull Terrier, so we see *lots* of Micky & Cracker action :)

      It would be lovely if you were to do the Aldin research.

  11. Another portrait that this post made me think about is the official portrait of John Fitzgerald Kennedy that hangs in the White House. While it's not a painting I would love to own, I find it very compelling and by far the best presidential portrait.

    1. The Kennedy portrait by Shikler is wonderful-I prefer his portrait to her portrait-also by Shikler. His work is being discussed on blogs a bit now. I have a watercolor Shikler that I want to post on.

  12. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading all the comments of this post-and the other post on paintings of women. I hope over the next few weeks I can present some of the art I actually own! thanks for the great responses. Gaye



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