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Artistic merit

Artistic designs -- some authored by God and some authored by human imagination/ingenuity

La leçon difficile, oil on canvas, 1884

Goyo Dominguez

Carved skull. Actually, the artists who carved human skulls were interested in the sympathetic magic they superstitiously thought their carvings might confer upon skulls -- that rather than in any purely aesthetic purpose for their carving the skulls. I included it on this board (Artistic Merit), however, b/c the carvings do reflect artistic skill, though I personally would never choose to own one.

A Breezy Day at the Seaside William Kay Blacklock

John Singer Sargent - La Carmencita (1890)

One in a million

Photo by Louise Dahl Wolfe Harper's Bazaar - March 1950

"Peacocks and Peonies I", 1882 by John La Farge

Madame Monet in a Japanese Costume, 1875, by Claude Monet

Train in the Snow, 1875, by Claude Monet

Joseph DeCamp (1858–1923) The Blue Cup 1909

GENTLE LIGHT by Michael and Inessa Garmash

Contemplation by Michael and Inessa Garmash

MOMENTS IN THE SUN by Michael and Inessa Garmash

Michael & Inessa Garmash ~ "Sunny Day"

It's About Time - Portrait of Mrs. Joseph Chamberlain by John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent / An Out-of-Doors Study, 1889

Portrait of Joseph Pulitzer by John Singer Sargent

Rembrandt, Portrait of a Lady with an Ostrich-Feather (detail) ~ 1658