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Commode

Jean-Henri Riesener

Oh, DIA. This commode was in the presence--maybe even touched!--by two of my most admired historical figures. Louis XVI and his beloved sister. If it was not on display when I visited, I would weep.

The Cardinal's Leisure

Charles Edouard Delort

The scene is charming but not sentimental. The artist captures the cardinal's bemusement with his pets, his secretary's disapproval of the distraction, and the mother cat's smug complacency.

MELANCHOLY WOMAN

Pablo Picasso

My husband says I look like this woman, and it feels so good to see her back home in Detroit where she belongs.

MELANCHOLY WOMAN

Pablo Picasso

It looked like the woman was sitting in a dark room, and showed the emotions.

SAINT JEROME IN HIS STUDY

Jan van Eyck

The room is so full of details that it obscures its size. I have to view this every time I come to the DIA!

MELANCHOLY WOMAN

Pablo Picasso

por que eu achei muito bonito esse quadro e especial.

MELANCHOLY WOMAN

Pablo Picasso

It expresses Picasso's feelings in his phase of sadness after his friend committed suicide. Plus he drew it when he was 21 and wasn't that famous for his drawings, yet.

MELANCHOLY WOMAN

Pablo Picasso

He used lots of detail (and my mom calls me her little Picasso ... because I love to draw and am a great artist). It was so cool to see an actual piece by him!

Georg Brandes at the University in Copenhagen

Harald Slott-Moller

Though the times & dress have changed, the subject & composition are so familiar, reminiscent of my own university days. It's as though I'm sitting in his lecture hall. It inspired me to write a play.

SELF PORTRAIT

Vincent Willem van Gogh

It captures all of the sadness, struggle and longing in his life

Donkey

Renee Sintenis

The donkey presents a tangible, realistic and touchable concept of an average animal. It has made art a part of my child's life from the time she was a toddler continuing into college.

THE JEWISH CEMETERY

Jacob Isaaksz van Ruisdael

I like the use of dark greys in the sky with light peeking through. I also like the symbolism in the explanation on a board I saw once in front of the painting. I think it is very eerie.

Ribbed Bowl

I like the bowl because it is my favorite color.

the baseball painting

Whenever I look at it, I always see it a different way. I change between seeing the pitcher first, then the baseball and vice versa! Plus, I am a huge baseball fan!

DETROIT INDUSTRY

Diego M. Rivera

The breadth and vision shown in the courtyard work is so real and symbolic at once. Such a wonderful work and a shame that so few works od Diego are still extant. Best of the best.

THE NUT GATHERERS

William Adolphe Bouguereau

I love it because to me it's a portrayal of innocence and youth.

GLADIOLI

Claude Monet

Monet's style suggests the beauty and calmness of the garden without the exacting detail, so you must use your own imagination to complete the scene.

Ballet Dancer Adjusting her Costume

Edgar Degas

I love all of Degas' ballerinas, but this one in particular. It is so different than the others. It's so raw and perfectly unfinished.

DETROIT INDUSTRY

Diego M. Rivera

It is uniquely Detroit. Rivera captures the best of this city. People coming together to build something. That's a lesson we could all use today. Whenever I come home, I come home to the DIA.

MELANCHOLY WOMAN

Pablo Picasso

I really like Picasso's art. We learned about him in my preschool. I like winter and the painting made it feel like winter and cold. I am 6 1/2 years old and like art.

DETROIT INDUSTRY

Diego M. Rivera

Such an impressive work--it's like stained glass from a cathedral in fresco. The story that it tells, especially in the 1930s, is as relevant now as it was then. Truly Detroit history on display.

MAN'S SHIRT

It tells me a new story each time I see it, and I wonder about the man who made it and his family.

THE NIGHTMARE

Henry Fuseli

The painting changed the way 18th-century society perceived nightmares! Also, it still resonates with culture today, for example being used in Alan Moore's comic Swamp Thing.

The Thinker

Auguste Rodin

You sit outside waiting no matter what the weather, and always you sit in contemplation. How many would tell you that you think too much? So think in serene summers, and winter snows.