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Classical Figures

Thomas Wilmer Dewing

Dewing draws the eye to his work not through bold pigments and strokes, but rather through subtle tones. The figures in this piece are haunting and ethereal, yet inviting. Muses, they are.


William Adolphe Bouguereau

this piece always draws my eye because it captures that one perfect, tranquil moment of pure innocence when the world still conforms to our desires.

The Thinker

Auguste Rodin

It reminds me of the times that I have felt confused and have remembered something.

Flowers in a Glass Vase

Rachel Ruysch

It reflects the beauty of the world at the same time it reflects the fragility of life.


Pablo Picasso

This piece represents the chance to begin a journey. Seeing something Picasso painted so young when no one knew who he was and the piece shows such promise with simple shapes inspires me to explore.


Pablo Picasso

It shows so much symbolism and it puts the viewers into Picasso's world of depression after a loved one has died. The gloomy dark colors projects the grief.

The White Pierrot

Pierre Auguste Renoir

It holds my attention as I ponder the thoughts of the young Renoir. Does he mind posing for his famous father, or would he rather be with his friends playing school-boy games?

Study for Birds

Albert Moore

The pose of the figure is elegant and the colors are mostly muted. I feel a sense of calm and balance when I look at this drawing. I could study this "Study" for a long time.



They took a centuries-old gothic chapel from France apart stone by stone & reconstructed it in the DIA, with gorgeous stained glass windows. I drag all my visitors here & have them stand in this room.


Frederic Edwin Church

The detailed foreground contrasts well with the red hued background. The intense, smooth color evokes emotion. Nothing specific, but emotion in its simplest form.

The Thinker

Auguste Rodin

It reminds us that Detroit has a cultural life that is very much alive and well.


As a child, I remember being inexplicably moved by this painting. As I've grown older and experienced true pain, I appreciated hers more, and the talent it must have taken to convey it to the world.

Shadow Country

Yves Tanguy

I love the power in simplicity it evokes plus how it shimmers when you stand five to ten feet back from it at any angle. I saw it first when I was 12 (now 45) and seek it out every time I visit.


John Singleton Copley

I love the daring adventure and near-tragedy that this painting depicts. Watson's facial expression just belies the immense pain he was suffering, yet the heroism of the rescue crew brings such hope.

Judith and Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes

Artemisia Gentileschi

The strength that Artemisia Gentileschi portrays through Judith's figure defies her contemporaries, and she gives a new understanding to such an ancient story.

Mont Sainte-Victoire

Paul Cezanne

It shows the beauty of the natural scene, reduced to the barest essence. You are almost forced to fill in the details from your own experiences. It makes you interact in your own mind.



The peacefulness can still be felt every time I step into it. Its beauty surrounds me. Breathtaking, simply breathtaking...


Renee Sintenis

After being tempted to touch so many pieces, I was finally allowed to touch something!


Diego M. Rivera

As a student at Cass Tech I would come here after school to stand in the courtyard, surrounded by Rivera's all-encompassing scenes of humanity and connectedness to everything. Thank you DIA!!!


Diego M. Rivera

It is the only piece of art in a major museum that I know of that was created to capture the heart of the city where it resides. It captures human labor, the root of all culture.


Henry Fuseli

I like the supernatural aspect of this painting and the way that the supernatural world is represented in a demon and a horse like apparition. I also like the dark colors that Fuseli used to show them.


Vincent Willem van Gogh

I love it because I love the idea of having a Vincent Van Gogh painting in the DIA as well as being able to see what Vincent Van Gogh looked like.

Georg Brandes at the University in Copenhagen

Harald Slott-Moller

Every time I see this, I question. Is he being interrogated? Is he a witness? Is he a judge or is he an actor posing for a scene? Is he an educator? I love the glass of water. He looks tired & hungover.


Charles Harry Eaton

I love it because when first looked at it, I thought it was an actual photograph. I gasped when I took closer look and realized that someone had actually painted that!

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