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Say you were invited to take five paintings onto Desert Island Discs...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Wanda_the_Wonder, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter

    Say you were invited onto Desert Island Discs. In addition to the eight records, the Bible and Shakespeare and a luxury item, you were allowed to take five paintings (reproductions of course) which five would you choose?

    My choices would be:


    Francis Bacon … Study for Portrait II (after the Life Mask of William Blake) 1955


    Rembrandt … The Supper at Emmaus


    Joseph William Turner ... Chichester Canal


    Untitled (Skull) 1981 ... by Jean-Michel Basquiat


    Chaim Soutine … La cathédrale de Chartres
  2. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    Magritte:"The Dominion(*) of Light"

    Apparently he painted 27 versions; so some must be better than others

    I saw one of them in Brussels in August 1973 and I still recall the transcendent magical effect of it.

    (*) aka "Empire" ?

    Last edited: Jun 5, 2020
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  3. Jonntyboy

    Jonntyboy Lead commenter

    What an interesting thread! I can understand all your choices except for the skull!
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  4. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Established commenter

    Wanda wrote about the skull in a previous thread - she has just recently bought it.
  5. Jonntyboy

    Jonntyboy Lead commenter

    Cheers - I didn't know.
  6. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

  7. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    A Caravaggio, a Chagall, a Rembrandt, a Magritte and an Otto Dix
  8. maggie m

    maggie m Lead commenter

    The Monarch of the Glen. I know it sounds a bit top of the biscuit tin ( which is probably where I first saw it as a child) but the original In the National Gallery in Edinburgh is stunning.
  9. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    Almost anything painted by Charles Rennie Mackintosh; "van Gogh's only serious southern French rival for light and colour(*)"

    (*) I said that !

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  10. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    A print not the original.
  11. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter

  12. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    I'd take a Van Gogh, a Bruegel the Elder, a Seurat, a Paul Nash and one by David Hockney, preferably a landscape.

    Maybe these ones:

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  13. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    There's a lot I could do with all that canvas and probably enough wood for fire and to build a decent raft. Just this one painting would do.
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  14. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter


    Courbet The origin of the World.

    Something by Aubrey Beardsley to inflame the dreams.


    To turn me from sinning.


    To remind me that things could be worse.
  15. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I'd take some of my Dad's watercolours of the area I grew up in, Breughel's Children's Games, and maybe one of Bosch's more grotesque and overpopulated evocations of Hell so I could play "Where's Satan?" if I got bored.
    (I can remember playing the game in the bottom right corner in the early 70s at school, but few others I've met can.)
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  16. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    The Night Watch would be top of the list - I'll have to have a longer think about the others.
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  17. 7eleven

    7eleven Senior commenter

    Love these choices
  18. 7eleven

    7eleven Senior commenter

    Mine would be something from
    Van Gogh
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  19. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    It's the detail in Bruegel that goes on and on.....
    1. Anything by Jan Steen
    2. Autumn Leaves by Millais or similar.
    3. The School of Athens by Raphael
    4. The Tandem by Ramon Casas
    5. The Nightwatch Rembrandt
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  20. 7eleven

    7eleven Senior commenter

    This thread is lovely in that it gives me ideas of paintings/artists to look up.

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