I belong to a critique group and yesterday we were talking about, amongst other things, painters who influence us. So I thought it would be fun to pull together a slideshow of painters that inspire me. It's eclectic, sure, but I think there are some common threads. One depressing note is that very few of my favorite painters are women, or people of color, although they are much better represented in the latter half of the 20th century and the 21st century.
So I'm interested to hear from you: who are your creative influences? Why do they inspire you? If you can, post a picture of your favorite painting!