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Updated on January 22, 2014
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James Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and writer. James enjoys people, music, film, and books. He is a lifelong student of history.

PANNONIA

CSABA MARKUS 2000
CSABA MARKUS 2000

The Art in my Home

The art in my home is not all old. On this page, the third in a series of three about art, I will present an eclectic mix of paintings I have acquired, beginning with some living artists who caught my eye recently.

First up is a painting entitled "Pannonia" by Csaba Markus. Csaba was born behind the Iron Curtain in Budapest, Hungary in 1953. He moved to California in 1978 where he resides today. There is something exotic about his paintings.

EVENING THOUGHTS

PINO 2001
PINO 2001

From Hungary to Italy

Pino (Daeni) now lives in New Jersey; and in Naples, Florida. He was born and reared in Italy and specializes in painting beautiful women. And this one is special indeed. This Pino painting was named "Evening Thoughts."

SHADOWS OF LOVE

SEVITT FRANCIS 2001
SEVITT FRANCIS 2001

From Italy to Ireland and Israel

I just love the colors in this painting by the only female painter I own a painting by, Sevitt Francis. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1942, she moved to Israel in 1959 where she has lived ever since. I own two Sevitt Francis paintings and this one is titled "Shadows of Love."

VOLERE

TOMASZ RUT 2003
TOMASZ RUT 2003

From Israel to Poland

Tomasz Rut is from Poland but now makes his home in Hollywood, Florida.   He spent considerable time in New York City, and Asheville, North Carolina as well. I own three of his paintings and they are quite sensual, if not erotic. This name of this painting is "Volere."

LE COTILLION

ISAAC MAIMON 2002
ISAAC MAIMON 2002

From Poland back to Israel

Isaac Maimon is an Israeli painter who was born in 1951. His paintings evoke the Parisian "Boulevard Culture." The title of this suite is "Le Cotillion."

CHRIST IN GETHSEMANE

WARNER SALLMAN 1942
WARNER SALLMAN 1942

An American painter from Chicago

Warner Sallman was from Chicago. He was born in 1892 and died in 1968. He was the best known artist of the 20th Century—though I wonder how many remember his name today in 2009. His painting, "The Head of Christ," is the best selling painting in the history of the world; selling over 500,000,000 copies. I have that painting, of course, but I am presenting his painting entitled "Christ in Gethsemane" because it has sentimental value for me. My Paternal Grandmother, who was a Saint and a Prophet, went straight to Heaven (without passing Go) in 1987. Every time I visited her home I saw this painting there (as well as the "Head of Christ" and "The Lord is our Shepherd" and "Christ our Pilot").

LE MOULIN de le GALETTE

PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR 1876
PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR 1876

Let us proceed to Paris

Renoir was a French artist who was one of the originators—and my personal favorite—of the Impressionist style of painting. He was born in 1841 and died in 1919.   I present here the "Le Moulin de la Galette,", which he painted in 1876. Is not it fabulous?

GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE

EMANUEL GOTTLIEB LEUTZE 1851
EMANUEL GOTTLIEB LEUTZE 1851

Back to The United States

I love this painting. Look at George standing up in the boat as they traverse treacherous, icy waters with his ragtag bunch of individuals that he must mold together as a team. It is life or death, of course—for these men and for the American Revolution.

Emanuel Leutze was born in 1816 and died in 1868. He created this Painting: "George Washington Crossing the Delaware" in 1851.

George Washington is my favorite American personage. He was not only the leader of the Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States of America. What I love most about him is, that he is one of few individuals in the history of the world who declined when his citizenry wanted to make him their king.

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

JOHANNES VERMEER 1665
JOHANNES VERMEER 1665

The Mona Lisa of the North

Johannes (or Jan) Vermeer lived a short life; born in 1632 and dying in 1675. Obviously, he was an incredible painter. I own a copy of "Girl with a Pearl Earring," which I shall present to you now below.

OLD WOMAN

GIORGIONE 1508
GIORGIONE 1508

Giorgione of Venice

I have many more paintings in my home including exquisite copies of the "Mona Lisa" and "The Doge." But now, I will close out this hub by leaving you with one last painting from my collection—and something to think about.

Giorgione only lived to about 32 years old. People were well acquainted with death in those days. Their loved ones did not die in antiseptic hospitals. They died at home; in front of their eyes. And many died young of various diseases that were not understood. Much like cancer today.

Giorgione was born in Venice, Italy, in 1478 and died in 1510. Who knows what he might have accomplished as a painter had he lived longer; or if he had known he wouldn't. He was a great painter. Here is his painting "Old Woman." The Old Woman has a piece of paper in her hand. It says, "With Time" or "In Time." I will not explain what this means because one of the great gifts of art is to make us think and reflect about what a created piece of art from a human imagination means.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      Jen Card--- You are quite welcome, my friend. Thank you for the kind compliments. I sincerely appreciate this visitation from you, Jen, as well as your thoughtful remarks.

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      James

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      Jen Card 4 years ago

      The art work in your home is beautiful indeed. You have a lovely variety of art and artists. Thank you for sharing such beauty. ~ Jen

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      justmsuzanne— Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate the visitation to my humble Hub. I do love my art. :-)

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      justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

      A very lovely collection! Your home must be fascinating! :)

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      RosWebbART— You have a good idea there. Thank you for complimenting my art. And you are most welcome.

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      Ros Webb 6 years ago from Ireland

      I think it's time to open up your home as a gallery , some great art here, thank you for sharing.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      shafiqahmed— I must confess, I had not heard of Sadequain. I did go look at his paintings before writing this comment and he is certainly an excellent artist. Thank you for telling me about him.

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      shafiqahmed 6 years ago

      Without a Sadequain your collection looks incomplete

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Tapestries— Welcome to the Hub Pages Community. Thank you for complimenting my art. I love "Evening Thoughts!" Probably my favorite piece. Pino is a fine artists. I appreciate this visit from you.

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      Tapestries 6 years ago

      You have very beautiful art here. I really love the Evening Thoughts painting, so beautiful rendering of light, and looks like much of the master works from last 2 centuries, yet is modern - just nice.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Paul_Steads— Thank you very much for sayin so. I love all of these. Of course the Renoir is special. But my favorite may be the Pino: "Evening Thoughts." I appreciate your visit and comments.

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      Paul_Steads 6 years ago

      There are some very beautiful paintings here. I love le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir. I've never heard of Pino or Tomasz Rut but the paintings "Evening Thoughts" and "Volere" are amazing.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      GmaGoldie— I think Goya is a brilliant artist who was also nearly insane at times. He was horrifed by war, the treatment of the insane (and of prisoners-of-war). The painting you mentioned was painted on a wall of his house I believe. I have not before heard of a connection between Goya and witchcraft. Do you recommend the film?

      All times of history feature madmen, methinks. Thank you very much for your comments.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Just watched the Michael Douglas film - Wall Street Money Never Sleeps. Hunted for the painting - Goya Saturn Devouring his son. The movie really has several layers of meaning but everything points to that painting. I am not a fan of Goya, watched the movie Ghosts of Goya and was even more dismayed. The painting that Goya did is pivotal for our society as well as the movie. Goya's series of 14 paintings - in response or in celebration of the witchcraft in Spain?

      Life is so beautiful to depict wars and the ugly side of human nature is showcases Goya's madness, but yet he lived during a mad time in history. Are we living in yet another mad time of history?

      James, since you are a lover of history and art, would love to hear your thoughts on Goya - madman or genius simply reflecting human nature?

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      tonymac04— You are welcome.

      Thank you, Tony. I'm glad you liked this gallery. Vermeer was an incredibly gifted painter. I appreciate this visitation from you. I wish you all love and peace.

      James

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      A very interesting and eclectic collection! I always enjoy seeing what other people like in art. My own taste runs more to the modernists but I do love Vermeer, especially his Dutch houses.

      Thanks for sharing

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Life Unplugged— Thank you very much for your kind words. I am well pleased that you liked my art. I think they cost around a grand apiece. You are welcome.

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      Life Unplugged 7 years ago

      James you have an amazing taste for art.

      I really wonder how much did they cost you :)

      Giorgione and Volere are absolutely breathtaking.Thanks for sharing!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Freya Cesare— Thank you very much. I love that last painting. It is teeming with meaning. I appreciate your insightful comments.

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      Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Beautiful collection, James. I don't know much about painting but it psychological meaning only :D, and your collection are wonderful. It is interesting to see how you closed the whole beautiful appearance with old woman. Hmmm...

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Enlydia Listener— I agree with you that the Csaba Markus painting is incredible. That is real gold in certain places on top of the paint, for effect. Thanks for your comments.

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      Enlydia Listener 7 years ago from trailer in the country

      all of them are nice, but I LOVE the first one...it is hauntingly beautiful

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      nikki1— Thank you very much for reviewing my gallery and noting your approval. I appreciate it.

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      nikki1 7 years ago

      beautiful artwork :)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      GmaGoldie— Thank you! I agree that Warner Sallman deserves an article. I believe his portrait of the Head Of Christ is the most sold painting in the history of the world. Not bad. I appreciate this visit and your compliments. :D

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Kindred Spirit Mr. Watkins,

      Outstanding!

      Perhaps a Hub on the artist Warner Sallman (I called the family Saloman when I was growing up) would fit nicely with your art and religion theme.

      Supposedly, Sallman's family lived near me - 2 houses back in Rockford, Illinois. I read a little on the Internet - something about the YMCA but cannot recall.

      Sallman has that very famous - perhaps the most famous painting of Christ today.

      Wonderful paintings! Thank you very much!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Amez--- Thank you for coming to visit, my friend. I appreciate your warm words. The Warner Sallman is a beautiful painting, to be sure. If I had a degree, I would love to be a professor. :)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      says:--- Thank you very much for letting me know that you loved it.

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      Amez 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I'm always at Awh! with your Hubs, Its like being back in college, except we don't have to go research our material, You bring it to us. You'd make a great professor in one of Our Nations College. I Like this one in your excellent Collection: CHRIST IN GETHSEMANE by WARNER SALLMAN 1942.

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       7 years ago

      Great hub!!! Love it..

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      wrenfrost56--- Thank you very much for saying so. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! It's nice to see you here.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Very beautiful pictures, what a wonderful collection you have.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      YU_First 1--- I am well pleased that your enjoyed the journey. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community. Thank you for your kind words.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Cheeky Girl--- I'm with you. I can't draw a good stick man but I love to look at art. Thank you for your well received compliments. I appreciate your visit and your kind words.

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      YU_First 1 7 years ago from Uganda

      What a journey! I have just been here possibly 20 or 30 minutes but i feel as though you transported me deep into unequalled wells of riches. Impressed! I am especially moved by the girl with the golden earring...

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      As an art lover who can't paint a damn thing I must say that the next best thing to that is to praise others in their art. You have a great hub of fine art here. It would make a great collection on a gallery wall, as it is quite similar. Women feature a lot here. And you have impeccable taste! I did a hub about a portrait painter, he would know a lot of these artists. The Israeli artists I did not know. Very impressed!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Cassidella--- Aw, thanks for your kind words. They are gratifying to read. Thank you for coming and you're welcome.

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      Cassidella 7 years ago

      Art, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. You, James, have captured both. Thanks for sharing the pleasure!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      ruxeen--- Thank you very much for the affirmation. You are surely welcome. I appreciate the visit.

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      ruxeen 7 years ago

      woww!!!! u have a gr8 collection of artwork...thanX for sharing it :)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      RosWebbArt— That is my favorite!! Thank you very much for the warm accolades and Welcome to the HubPages Community.

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      Ros Webb 7 years ago from Ireland

      Evening thoughts; is fantastic ; brilliant art and wonderful taste; congradulations!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      stars439— Thank you for saying so. We do love it. And I love your comments. Very keen insights. I very much enjoy your own art. I appreciate this visitation. :)

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Your art is beautiful. What good taste you have. Life presents so many visions in so many ways. People in their natural ways can be so stunning and magnificent in doing just simple things of life caught by the eye of the artists. God Bless You.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      kysnoopyq42— I do own all of these paintings—and more that I featured in two other Hubs: "Fines Arts" and "Beauty is the Purpose of Art". I once had a good living. No more. I might have to sell them soon. :)

      I am familiar with Wyeth. I have one of his paintings featured in my Hub:

      https://hubpages.com/art/American-Art

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Always glad to meet another art lover.

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      kysnoopyq42 7 years ago from no where

      I love Art. Well, I love the expressionism that goes with Art. Have you ever heard of Andrew Wyeth? You can't possibly own all these paintings, they would cost a fortune.. but they sure are beautiful, aren't they?

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      It's just me— Thank you. I guess I am a sensual guy. :)

      You are welcome. I appreciate the visitation.

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      It's just me 7 years ago from Alaska

      This is a very beautiful collection. A thread of sensuality runs through each painting, yes, even G.W. Crossing the Delaware and Old Woman. Thank you for sharing it here with us.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      tim-tim— Thank you very much. How nice of you to let me know you enjoyed it. You are welcome. Good to have you on HubPages.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      You have quite a collection! Thanks for sharing that with us, James:)You have a very good taste in Art.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      KellyEnglado— Thank you! Please do write about Art and I will surely pay you a call. I appreciate your kind comments. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      KellyEngaldo 7 years ago

      What a great hub! I love art and am privilege to sit on a wonderful artboard to promote art. Pino is one of my favorites! And while I don't own any Markus - that really caught my attention. And Christ's in the Garden is one of the most moving paintings! I must consider writing a hub on art - oh, my - never thought about that one! What a wonderful hub! Thank you!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      the rope— I am truly gratified that you like these wonderful works of art. Thank you for coming by and letting me know. It makes it all worthwhile. And you are welcome.

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      the rope 7 years ago

      I can't wait to share these! We spend a lot of time "enjoying" art in our house and many of these are ones we love. Thanks for adding such a great hub to HP.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      RNMSN— You know what: Evening Thoughts is my favorite and Old Woman is my wife's favorite! So, you nailed them both. Thank you for your comments. :)

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      hello james! my favorites are Evening Thoughts and Old Woman...classic!!

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      creativeone59— I sure appreciate your kind compliments. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Wow, your art collections are priceless, beautiful and alluring. creatveone59

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      donotfear— Thank you very much. I appreciate your visit and the forward. I don't know much about art, but I know what I like when I see it. :)

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      donotfear 8 years ago from The Boondocks

      Very lovely paintings. I'll forward this article to my brother, who is an art historian. He'll like it.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      sbeakr— That is a favorite of mine. It hangs in my kitchen and it's pretty big, maybe 5X4. You certainly know your art. I just thought it was pretty! :)

      Thank you for your kind comments.

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      sbeakr 8 years ago

      I love that Evening Thoughts is a striking hybridization of postmodern fashion iconography and classical technique. The playfully accurate enunciation of light in that piece is absolutely stunning.

      Lovely hub, sir.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      NaomiR— Why, thank you! I appreciate your warm words.

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      NaomiR 8 years ago from New York

      Wow, what a great collection! Your home must be amazing. I really like the colors in Shadows Of Love.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Charia Samher— Thank you for visiting and leaving your comment,

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      Laura Spector 8 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Charia Samher 8 years ago

      You're welcoming. This is worth a read. =)

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Charia Samher— Thank you! I am not an art expert but I know what strikes me as beauty when I see it. My grandmother is no longer living but she was a saint yes—not a Catholic Saint—just a Christian saint. I appreciate you visiting my art Hub.

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      Charia Samher 8 years ago

      Exceptional collection you have there! Although I don’t have much knowledge when it comes to these things, by just looking at them I know they are precious and first-rated work of art. And btw I don’t know if I’ve understood it correctly; you have a saint for a grandmother?

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      ripplemaker— I am so glad you appreciate beauty and beauty in paintings. We are kindred souls in this regard. I have surrounded myself with beauty in my home and it does lift up the soul. Thanks again for your insight and gracious words.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Oh but Sir James, I was enthralled and encouraged myself with the words you wrote , "make us think and reflect about what a created piece of art from a human imagination means.." ...and I allowed myself and viola! All these feelings came pouring in. It was a beautiful experience..and I believe even a "sacred" one to connect with the real painting. :-)

      Thank you for your kind words. It makes me happy as well.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Mike Lickteig— I appreciate the compliment. From your analyes of the paintings I can tell you know quite a bit about art. So, this makes your words even more meaningful. I am glad you liked them.

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      Mike Lickteig 8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      That is an amazing collection of art, and I am delighted you shared with us here. Evening Thoughts is terrific in its depiction of light on fabric, and you are correct in pointing out how lovely the woman in the painting is. Shadows of Love is alive with color and motion, emphasized (also) through a delicate, ornate study of light on cloth. In fact, ditto for Christ in Gethsemane, although the subject matter tempers the urge to view this work in a strictly painterly manner.

      Again, thanks for sharing.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      ripplemaker— I always look forward to reading your bright cheerful Hubs, and now I see your also write beautiful comments!  I love the way you saw each painting, what the artist expresses.  I think I should be your student! :D

      Thank you so much and you are welcome!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi James, I thank thee for the lesson on art.  I am not well versed on this area and truly I had a wonderful time going through these beautiful pieces.  I was captivated by Evening Thoughts, awakened my passion by Volere, feeling tender watching Christ in Gethsemane, got me into a festive mood when I saw Le Moulin de le Galette, impressed by George Wahington's determination, the simple yet profound promise of the Girl with the Pearl Earring and the Old Woman...ahh yes, I am letting my imagination run now...With time or in time the paper says...hmmm...I'd like to think she is thinking...it will be alright.  On her face is her desire to hope that things will be well. 

      Hey I am absolutely delighted with how you wrote this hub and shared your art in your home.  It is a joy to be your student. :-) Many thanks James!

       

       

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      caoshub— Thank you very much! I will visit your Hubs very soon. ciao

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      caoshub 8 years ago from Portugal

      amazing paintings! congratulations!

      I'm a painter too :) althoug I do not have paintings like yours, I would like you to see mu paintings in my hubs.

      cheers

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      ruthy2008— I love it, too. It is a pretty big painting and hangs in my dining room. I appreciate your comment!

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      ruthy2008 8 years ago from palma de mallorca.spain

      I just love shadows of love,I think it´s a beautiful painting

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for taking the time to peruse my favorite art and the much appreciated dialogue.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Thanks for the links. I'll check them both out.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I have the Csaba in my bedroom and the Pino is in the kitchen.  They are both pretty good sized, too.  I love them.

      Both artists have pretty nice websites.

      http://www.csabamarkus.com/csabamarkus_com/Home.ht...

      http://www.pino-artist.com/

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      It was wonderful.  I don't think I would view the world in the same way if it weren't for watching her paint and going through her art books.

      I want the top two so bad it hurts. I'm going to have to find copies!

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Frieda— How cool that must have been to grow up withan artist for a mother! I can tell from your favorites that you have refined tastes. Boucher certainly created many beautiful paintings. I appreciate your comments.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      My most favorites are the Csaba, Pino, Tomasz, Vermeer, and Georgeone. I grew up with the last two. My mother would spend hours replicating those two artists and various Baroque artists before she moved on to Boucher. Exquisite.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      trish1048— Why, thank you very much. I am glad you enjoyed them. You are welcome and I appreciate you for commenting.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      These are stunning. Your taste is very similar to mine. My collection is eclectic for the most part. However, I am always drawn to Victorian pictures that reflect either a cat, dog or both. I also have one picture of an old woman, a sketch, I believe, sitting with her hands folded, that I need to research. The detail is incredible, you can see every line, wrinkle and vein on her. If I'm not mistaken, it's titled 'Prayer or Pray For Peace'. I'll have to check though.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      There is nothing as sweet as a Southern Belle.

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      newsworthy 8 years ago

      As we say in the south: the pleasure is all mine.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      And I hung it in my kitchen! Thanks for viewing and for your thoughts. Nice to meet you.

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      newsworthy 8 years ago

      Its been fun being nosey and seeing art that is so personal to you.

      My favorite here is by the Italian artist. The woman featured in his painting resembles a runway model. Interesting that the artist puts an apron on her, leans her against the dining room table and titles it Evening Thoughts.

      Its just par.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      RueVera— You are most welcome. Thank you for viewing them and leaving your kind comment for me. By surrounding my home with beauty, it makes the world a little softer.

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      ReuVera 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed your collection. Especially, Renoir and Vermeer's girl. I prefer pictures that leave nice feelings inside you. I don't have to be reminded of hardships of the world, I keep them in mind anyway and try to live the way not to offend anyone.

      When I lived in USSR and had a chance to visit Moscow or St.Petersburg (Leningrad at that time) I always took time to visit great picture galleries and museums. It was giving me fuel to live.  

      It is so nice you have an oportunity to have these nice pictures in your personal collection. Again, thank you for sharing.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Kushal Poddar— I know! I loved that painting the first time I laid eyes on it. I have another, smaller but similar, paintings of hers, too. Thank you for reviewing these works of art and for leaving your comment.

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      Kushal Poddar 8 years ago from Kolkata,India

      Sevitt Francis amazes me with her blast of colors swirling to form expressions.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      IslandVoice— Thanks! I am glad you liked them. And I am indeed lucky to have these beautiful creations to surround me each day.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      I 'covet' these paintings!!! Some folks are luckier than others, and when it comes to being collectors, not all are 'created equal'! Lovely hub.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      prasetio30— I appreciate the visit and you for leaving a kind comment.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      jill of alltrades— Thank you very much for making such gracious comments. I am pleased that you took a look and left your comment.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      excellent painting. keep it up. because your painting is invesment for a long time. the older painting the price is more expensive. again...nice picture.