Your favourite painters are...? (7 replies and 2 comments)
Your favourite painters are...?
Bosch, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Davinci, ... for the classics.
Feng Zhu, Maxim Zhestkov, .. very modern, sci fi stuff and 3D techniques.
Although I'm sure I'm very biased, I don't know enough about painting, haven't studied it enough in depth. I'm sure there are a lot more brilliant craftsmen and -women I don't know about.
Curious to see what the rest is going to say 🙂
For me it's got to be Johannes Vermeer and Claude Monet. Just love how they give such character to quite simple and day to day situations.
I have often said that Edvard Munch is my favorite painter. I also like De Chirico, Francis Bacon, William Blake, Kokoschka, Joseph Wright, Fuseli, Van Gogh, Frank Stella, Whistler, George Bellows .....
Kokoschka and Frank Stella are definitely the standouts here. All the others I can see as being useful references for a cinematographer, but these two? Very interesting.
And I'm not saying that those two are NOT good references, just that the choices were interesting and possibly out of place from the rest of the artists you mentioned who all had a somewhat similar proximity to the natural form. Whereas, Stella is completely abstract and Kokoschka uses exaggerated form and color. Though there is definitely a similar argument to be made for Gogh and Bacon, they both more or less stuck to natural form and texture respectively.
The flemish masters: Bosch, and Peter Brueghel The elder. With Dali and Magritte in third and fourth place.
I don't really see painting as a reference for my work. Maybe there are elements of composition in Munch's paintings that I take on board but I just love painting in the same way as I love a good movie, a book or an interesting architectural design.
Do you spend much time studying architecture? Does that help/affect your work? Perhaps in working with a production designer.
I do spend time looking at architecture and I especially did so before shooting my last project. I studied Le Corbusier, Mies van de Rohe etc. at college and, for a short period only as my father was a builder, I considered becoming an architect. I like how working in film creates a reason to explore many diverse subjects.