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Top Selling Paintings of All Time That Are Highly Attractive
Amazingly, among the millions of paintings which are outstandingly designed and presented in esteemed museums and galleries all around the world, a very few amount was worthy of creating history of all times. Certainly, there is a specific group of highly attractive and energized paintings which is deeply adored and recognized by people coming from every part of the world. Such amorous paintings have left a tremendously remarkable impact which seems to be eternal and ceaseless drawing the viewer’s attention powerfully. They will more likely continue to leave great impressions in people mind with a loud echo of joy in the several centuries to hit the earth.
Let’s now amuse ourselves with the breathtakingly delightful and colorful paintings extremely pleasing to the eye.
The Fragile Beauty of Mona Lisa
The ravishing portrait of Mona Lisa has been painted by the renowned Leonardo da Vinci. It is known as one of the most popular paintings in the entire world which comes as great attraction to people. This stunning painting of Mona Lisa is the heart of Louvre Museum situated in the city of art, Paris. Stupendously, six people from all around the world visit the Museum every year. History states that Leonardo da Vinci painted this striking painting between the years 1503-1504 till he died in 1519. Before completely his journey, he blessed the world with his winsomeness shown through this dainty painting.
The Effectively Designed Painting of The Last Supper
The outstanding painting below is well known throughout the world by the name of The Last Supper. It has been impressively painted by the highly talented Leonardo da Vinci. This strikingly popular painting is surprisingly not presented in a museum. In fact, the actual reality of this painting tells that it was attached in the back wall of dining room at the great Santa Maria delle Grazie which is a monastery in Milan, state of Italy. Notably, it was sculpted in the last 15th century. This adoring portrait portrays Jesus having last supper with his honest followers and true believers.
Vibrant Painting Holding Mysticism
The most intriguing artist in the history is Hieronymus Bosch who was born as Jeroen van Aken. He was an extremely enthusiastic artist who signed with the name of Jheronimus Bosch as recognition to his place of birth called Hertogenbosch. It is basically as small town of the province North Brabant situated in Holland. Peculiarly, Bosch desired to be named as a visionary. He owned choice like that of a poet and used symbols bestowing secretive glances and hints into the world of mystery that exceptionally lied behind his painting. The fascinating factor of the artist is that he strived hard to perform the art of “hanging people in colors” and as one can keenly observe, he has been remarkably successful in doing so. It is vividly shown in the fantastic painting above. The themes he preferred using were the surgical operations, dance of the cripples and quack doctors. All these are tremendously challenging works which are shown through his paintings wonderfully.
The Luminously Appealing Portrait of Andrei (1408-1425)
The image leaving one in a state of astonishment is fantastically created by the Russian painter named Andrei Rublev. He has stupendously portrayed three angels in his desirable painting that appeared to the honorable Abraham at Mamre. Particularly, the holy paintings also makes one realize the theological link with three persons existing in the Christian trinity (God the father, Holy Spirit and son). The remarkable artist Rublev used exceptionally tempera to construct the amazing icon which measured 3.75 feet wide and 4.6 feet tall and consists factors by factors of symbolism. The painting which contains an inner deep spiritual meaning is presented in the pleasing Tretyakov Gallery situated in Moscow.
The Incredibly Fascinating Masterpiece by Pieter Brueghel the Elder
The majestic and dream like painting has been inquisitively designed by Pieter Brueghel the Elder who came from a chain of fine and well trained artists and craftsmen. Interestingly, the painter himself gave this painting a serene touch of great beauty which truly deserves a solemn embrace from all those who grabs the powerful sight of it. He has used cool colors in order attract people attention in an enchanting way. This fascinating painting entertains the viewers eye with utter captivation. Brueghel is said to be one of the most uniquely artistic and creative intellect who richly dominated his gripping work in the huge world of art.
Magical Painting Holding Angelic Affection by Agnolo Bronzino
The highly engrossing and entrancing painting is given a magical touch which seems entirely fanciful. The beautifully designed painting is extremely eye catching bringing a bewitching smile on the one who observantly admires it. The adorably charming painting twinkle the art world. Outstandingly, it has been designed by Agnolo Bronzino. He awe inspiringly painted Cupid, Venus, Folly and time for a filthy rich friend to gift it to the imperious Francis 1 of France. The delicately delighting portrait measures 3.8 ft wide and 4.75 feet tall. Whoever develops a sense of admiration for it also acknowledges the gorgeous figures in it for instance the middle most figure is of Venus with her joyful son Cupid. The other features include Folly in the right centre and depiction of time in the right top. Bronzino attractively posed the three amusing main characters which are wondrously famous in Mannerism. The breath taking painting is established in the esteemed National gallery of London.
The Elegance Which Can Never Fade
The appealingly catchy painting is genuinely named Madonna and Child with angels and also St.Jerome. The incredible life like painting has been sketched by Parmigianino Mannerist who’s son earned the nickname of Madonna with Long Neck giving it a swan like dainty undulation. The desirable painting measures 7 feet tall and 4.3 feet wide and it’s fabulously painted in a different style using oils on wood. The praiseworthy Madonna was commissioned by the respectable Italian woman known as Elena Bacardi who took it for her family in Parma church. The divinity and purity of this elegant painting is absolutely remarkable and out of question.
The Impressionist Mastermind: Claude Monet
Claude Monet is considered to be the sole leader and prime innovator of impressionism – the 19th century art movement. He managed to capture, on canvas, the vivid beauty of nature in a manner of style that was vibrant and largely self-generated. Monet, since day one, aspired to capture the true essence of nature with his work and, keeping his brilliant paintings in mind, the world agrees he was quite successful at that. His subjects included scenes from his beloved garden to urban scenarios. Throughout his rather rebellious career, he never conformed to the conventional ways of painting. Monet was the greatest summit of uniqueness when it came to the art movement of impressionism.
Biography of Claude Monet
Early Life of Claude Monet
Born in Paris on the 14th of November 1840, Claude Monet opened his eyes to a world developing as rapid as a speeding bullet. His family left the bold Parisian neighborhood soon after his birth and made their move to Le Havre. Le Havre was where he was brought up. Monet’s father used to dream that his son would make himself a successful grocer but, little did he know, what the young artist had in stock for the world.
Claude Monet’s Interest in Art
Young Claude Monet’s interest was in art and art alone. He knew he wanted to become an artist since his childhood. He made quite a name for himself making charcoal impressions in Le Havre while growing up. Earning the first of his earnings from these caricatures was a rite of passage for Monet. Ever since he started earning, (by selling his charcoal caricatures) he was largely motivated to pursue his passion for art at a much more serious scale. As soon as his father discovered of his career choice, he stopped financing him and he was reduced to survive on the money he saved from his selling his early works.
Later Years – Developing A Unique Style
Teenage Monet paid a visit to Paris in 1857. He spent most of his time there in the Louvre Museum of Art. He looked upon the works of the old masters with respect and drew great inspiration from them but, he was never really satisfied with the idea of imitating them. He wanted to draw something natural. He’d rather opt out painting a simple scene of a Parisian street through an open window than choose a complex concept. By early 1861, he joined the armed forces of France and served for two years after which, he fell ill. He was discharged from the force due to his illness. He focused only on pursuing art as a career from then onwards.
Claude Monet Marriage With Camille
He got married at the age of thirty, in 1870. A war between France and Prussia broke shortly after he was wed to Camille Doncieux. The war made him leave his homeland in terror and he settled in London. He was stationed at London for quite a while after which he went to Holland and spent some of his time there before finally returning to France and his beloved Paris. He made a permanent settlement for his family close to the river Seine: a place that enable him to stay in close contact with his contemporaries: Auguste Renoir, Sisley, Gustave and Manet.
The Birth Of Impressionism
In April 1874, the first ever ‘impressionist’ exhibition was held. The term ‘impressionist’ was used by a famous art critic who was attending the exhibition. He argued that the paintings aren’t a true sketch of what was intended but are only an impression – with their rough lines and inconsistent colorations. Monet and the gang took the term as an appropriate label for their art and finally, this unique form of art (the one Monet was pursuing) found a name for itself.
Claude Monet’s Garden: The Inspiration Behind Water Lilies
Monet become a highly esteemed and popular artist by the turn of the century. He started earning quite a handsome living. A large chunk of his money went into developing his formal garden which he had made at his land in Giverny. This garden was then to become the sole inspiration behind one of his most famous series works: water lilies. He loved to sketch scenes from his garden.
In honor of the Frenchmen who gave up their lives for the good cause in the First World War, Monet painted a series of paintings. Monet, being a former soldier himself, felt greatly for the ones who died and dedicated his series of weeping willow paintings to them. Soon after the war concluded, Monet developed a disease of the eye. He was surgically treated for it and had the cataracts of his eyes removed and became disabled. Even that did not bring him down from doing what he loved. He continued to paint with his disability and managed to coin new techniques and further developed his unique style.
Claude Monet is a name that the art world would cherish through many ages to come. He was one of the greatest – if not THE greatest – painters of the modern world. The art he produced was truly something he could call his own. Throughout this broad career of his, he kept innovating; providing fertile soil for the seed of impressionism to grow into the mightiest of trees.
Most Famous Paintings By Claude Monet
Let’s have a look at most famous paintings by Claude Monet
You can buy Master Piece reproduction by Claude Monet here.
This piece of work is a classic example of the kind of things Monet preferred to paint. Impression, Sunrise is the view of the Le Havre harbour from out of one of Monet’s residence windows. This painting was revealed to the masses on the first ever impressionist exhibition held in 1874. For lack of a better name, Monet chose to name it “Impression soliel levant” (which translates to impression, sunrise) in haste. An art critic, who wasn’t very fond of the things he saw in this exhibition, keeping the name of this painting in mind, used the term “Impressionism” for the first time describing Monet and his contemporaries work. From this very painting the name of the great art movement was coined.
Monet’s famous model (who he married later on), Camille is shown posing in this majestic work. Alongside ‘Camille’, she is seen in many other works of the French artists namely: “On the Bank of the Seine”, “The Woman in the Garden”, “Bennecourt” and more. Monet’s Camille (also known as: “The Woman in the Green Dress” or “La femme à la robe verte”) made him a great deal famous among the folk of his time.
‘Water Lilies’ is a large series of paintings (consisting of approximately 250 paintings) Monet made, capturing the serene beauty of his formal garden (situated at his land in Giverny). He loved his garden and this project was something very dear to Monet. Thus the large format and eccentric enthusiasm he painted these paintings with. The purpose of these paintings was to give the viewer a complete experience of the unrelenting grace of nature. His garden, with its pond containing water lilies, was an appropriate subject in order for the idea’s execution. Monet showed how the sunlight changes throughout the day in this series.
Death of Claude Monet
Never did he cease making these paintings better. He was determined to improve them till the very end of his own being. A year after his demise, in 1927, 22 out of 200+ paintings from this series (hand picked by Monet before his death) were exhibited in a public display.
Probably the most important and the most influential artist to have been born in the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, like a vast, roaring flood, conquered the modern western art in its entirety. He is unarguably among the greatest the world has ever produced. Picasso, before he was even 50, became largely popular with the masses and eventually came to be known as the most well known name in art. No other artist, prior to him had such a massive impact on the art world.
His works have varied in tone and style all throughout his life and it’s really quite hard to summarize what exactly characterizes his paintings; makes them as majestic, as soulful as they appear to the eye. Perhaps his refusal to obey the general dictates of art (of his time) made him stand out the most. The artworks of the Spanish maestro are, to this day, among the most prized possessions of museums and art collectors all over the globe. He is probably the only artist to have had a mass following of critics and fans both. His most famous periods of work are the blue period, the rose period and the cubist period.
Though art collectors are largely disinclined towards readily selling and auctioning the works of Picasso they have in their possession, his paintings still sell for millions of dollars. Here are, for your eyes to see, 7 most popular paintings of Pablo Picasso, the Spanish maestro:
Garçon a la Pipe
Picasso’s paintings from his uniquely stylistic rose period, captured, quite often, the essence of the local entertainers (by profession) such as comedians, gymnasts et cetera. These profound works earned him a good deal of recognition. Garçon a la Pipe was painted by the Spanish-born artist while he was living in Paris. It is said to be an oil on canvas depiction of the boy who loved to watch him paint. The boy volunteered to pose for the maestro as he made the painting. Sold for a breathtaking $104 million, Garçon a la Pipe’s worth made it to the world records in 2004 at an auction in New York.
Pablo Picasso painted the First Communion when he was only fourteen years of age. His earlier works are very lifelike. The painting is a sketch of a real life event: Picasso’s sister, Lola, receiving first communion. For those of us who gaze upon his later (cubist) works and dare doubt his ability to paint realistically, this painting should easily suffice. Picasso painted following precise academic rules in his youthful years but, through the rest of his career, he refused to conform to the dictates of the academic art. Along with many other works from esteemed artists, this painting was displayed at a very prestigious exhibition in Barcelona.
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon marked the beginning of Pablo Picasso’s period of analytic cubism. It is among his later works. An obvious change in style began to trend in the maestro’s previous paintings when compared with his (new) cubist works. He used fast, lengthy strokes while making these sketches. Picasso, drawing a great deal of inspiration from native art of Africa (which he was studying prior to his period of cubism), took a huge step away from the traditional western art. It is unlike any of his works from the past. Owing to the unique blend of colors and strokes used in Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, it came to be known as the most innovative work of art since the works of Giotto. In addition to the intensity the dislocated faces generate, the intended scarcity of space in the painting is fascinating. Other influential painters of the same age and realm – like Georges Baraques and Apollinaire – rejected Les Demoiselles d’Avignon at first only to accept it as a masterful work of art later on. It is currently exhibited in the museum of modern art, New York.
Dora Maar Au Chat
Dora Maar Au Chat, for Picasso, is the most valued depiction of his lover, Dora Maar. She was one of Pablo Picasso’s many mistresses and a surrealist photographer by profession. This painting, for the maestro himself, is one of his most beloved works. On top of that, it is among Picasso’s most iconic paintings and thus, very (one of the most) expensive. It features Picasso’s mistress: Dora sitting on an armchair and a small black cat stand behind her in the background. The brilliant use of bold colors with the explosive combination of dense patterns of Dora’s dress is what is remarkable in this painting. This complexity of form adds to Dora’s dramatic posture in Dora Maar Au Chat. Picasso held a very high regard for Dora Maar and often spoke about her being his very own “private muse”. The painting was originally sold to Chicago’s Gidwitz family by two art collectors, Leigh and Mary Block. It then returned to the market in 2006. It’s pre-auction price was estimated to be around $50 million but the actual price at which it was bought was twice that much. The painting was bought from the Chicago’s Gidwitz family by an anonymous art collector from Chicago for $95.2 million.
Guernica is, regarded by the Spanish, as a national treasure; a monumental mark of pride for the entire nation. It is one of Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings. It depicts the bombing of Guernica’s Basque town during the Spanish civil war. The town suffered heavy casualties during the bombing, and the dark shades of grey and black upon the white of death embody the unimaginable terror and chaos that befell upon the victims. The Spanish maestro originally intended to paint something else when he heard the horrible news, discovered about the bombing and came up with the idea for Guernica. The painting, in addition to describing the entire scenario, also makes important symbolic references (the eye shaped light bulb). Picasso considered the civil war a hideous crime and condemned it at great lengths. Guernica is, in itself, a condemnation of the exploits of the war. In 1937, this painting was commissioned by the Spanish Republican Government to be displayed at the Paris world fair. However, upon it’s creator’s wish, it was not to be returned to Spain until Fascism was put an end to. And so it returned to Spain in 1981 and became Spain’s property.
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
Pablo Picasso had many mistresses all through his life. One of them, Marie-Therese Walter, was depicted in this painting. Sprawling across the bottom half of the painting, can be seen a nude woman lying down with her bust bare naked. The leaves in the background are the leaves from the Spanish masters favorite, philodendron (also know as the love) tree. He developed a liking for this plant in this phase and kept it where he resided. Upon closer inspection, we can see that a face is emerging from behind the curtains. This is Picasso’s own self reaching out for his muse, Marie-Therese Walter. This masterful work of art was unbelievably finished within a single day! By this time, the Spanish-born artist had mastered his skill and began to employ deep symbolism in his paintings. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was initially bought for quite less by art collectors Sidney and Frances Brody in 1952, but in 2010, it was sold at an auction by it’s owners for a mind-boggling $106.2 million.
Marie-Therese Walter, Picasso’s mistress and muse, becomes the subject of yet another master piece of his. The maestro, with sheer brilliance, captures his beautiful, young mistress asleep on an armchair. At that time, Picasso was 50 and Marie-Therese Walter only 24. Many believe that La Reve was finished in one sitting on the afternoon of January 24th, 1932. The iconic painting is widely recognized for the arousing ambiance that it generates through the erotic content encapsulated inside it. The Spanish maestro painted this with an intentional modesty of form; plainer outlines upon a few bright, well-contrasted colors. American casino tycoon, Steve Wynn set out to sell this painting to prodigious painting collector, Steven Cohen in 2006. This deal was soon to be dropped because of La Reve being accidently damaged by Wynn. However, after a splendid set of amends being done (making it good as new), it was still sold to Steven Cohen privately in march 2013 for a breath taking 155 million dollars! It is the second most expensive painting ever to be sold.
A Brief Introduction
Born in 1817 in Feodosiya, Russian-Armenian painter of the Romantic movement, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky is easily considered as one of the best seascape painters of the of all time.
From an early age he showed great potential as an artist, and despite being born into poverty, he was provided with a very good education and was able to speak different languages and even earned a seat in the Simferopol Gymnasium No.1 and the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, from which he graduated with a gold medal.
This was the ticket to his future success, bringing him acknowledgement from the Navy, who later commissioned him to paint battle ships for them and the Sultans from turkey who summoned him to Istanbul on numerous occasions and awarded him a medal, until the war between Turkey and Russia ensued.
Early Years and Personal Life
Rene Magritte or Rene Francois Ghislain Magritte as he was known was a Belgian artist from the early 20th century. He was born in the city of Lessines, Belgium, on the 21st of November 1898. He came from a middle class family, and was the son of a tailor named Leopold Magritte and Regina Magritte who had been a milliner before marriage. Rene Magritte had shown great interest and aptitude for drawing from an early age and he began taking his first proper drawing lessons when he was 12 years old.
Very little is known about Magritte’s early life but it is known that he had a traumatic experience when he was 14 years old, his mother committed suicide in 1914. This wasn’t the first time that his mother had tried to commit suicide, she had done so unsuccessfully for a number of times before too. It is believed that the young Magritte was present at the time his mother’s body was recovered from the river where she had drowned.
The death of his mother, and the fact that her dress was covering her face when she was recovered is said to have had a profound effect on the young Rene Magritte, and this disturbing image has been the source of several paintings made by Magritte during the 1927-1928 era, his subjects in these paintings also had their faces covered by some form of cloth.
He would go on to create many world renowned paintings over the next half century, always inspiring wonder and a sense of mystique in his viewers.
Frederic Leighton, or Sir Frederic (1st Baron) Leighton as he came to be officially recognized, was an English sculptor and painter from the mid 19th century. Frederic Leighton was born in the city of Scarborough, in England on the 3rd of December 1830. His father made a moderate living as a tradesman who dealt with small scale import and exports of local items. The young Frederic spent his early years in Scarborough and by the time he was a youth, he had enrolled at the University College School in London.
Frederic had always expressed a passion for the arts and received much of his artistic training from Eduard von Steinle, and Giovanni Coasta; both being on the European subcontinent. Frederic Leighton also traveled to Florence when he was 24 years old, there he enrolled at the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti where he was entrusted with painting Cimabue Madonna’s procession as it passed through the Borgo Allegri.
The young Leighton spent the next few years of his life in Paris where he met other notable artists of his era including Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Eugene Delacroix, Jean Francois Millet, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. By 1860, Leighton had moved to London where he came to associate himself with the Pre-Raphaelites. It was during this time that he also designed the tomb of Elizabeth Barrett Browning for Robert Browning at the English Cemetery in Florence, 1861.
Frida Kahlo was born on July 6 1907 in the Coyoacan village of Mexico. She was named Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo and is famous for her beautiful self portraits and surrealist masterpieces. She has often been hailed as the finest female artist of the early 20th century by feminists and she spent almost the entirety of her life in Mexico City.
It is said that Frida preferred her birth date to be given as July 7, 1910 so it would coincide with the Mexican Revolution and thus it would appear that her life had begun with the birth of Modern Mexico. She would go on to marry Diego Rivera, who was also an eminent Mexican artist of the era, but this was a volatile marriage that was always at the verge of collapse. Both Frida and Rivera had quick tempers and neither of them ever put much store for tolerance, coupled with multiple extra marital affairs from both parties meant they eventually divorced in 1939. They remarried in 1940 but the relationship was always a strained one, to the point that they slept in separate rooms in the same house.
Gustav Klimt was a famous Austrian painter if the late 19th and early 20th century who specialized in the Symbolism art that was prevalent at the time. Gustav Klimt was born on the 14th of July, 1862 in the city of Baumgarten, in the Austrian Empire. Much of Klimt’s early childhood was spent in poverty; his father Ernst Klimt worked as a gold engraver, while his mother Anna Klimt was a struggling music performer. Klimt was the eldest of his parent’s three children; all boys.
The Klimt brothers showed excellent aptitude for the art since very early in their childhood, but Gustav Klimt was easily the most talented among his brothers. He had much of his early education at the VSAC (Vienna School of Arts and Crafts) and concentrated his attentions on architectural painting until around 1883 when he accepted conservative trainings in the arts and grew to revere Hans Makart; one of the foremost historic painters in Vienna.
By the time his younger brother Ernst had enrolled at the school, Gustav was already getting art commissions and it was during this time that he founded the “Company of Artists” which was a small private group consisting of Gustav himself, as well his brother and a friend. Gustav was recognized as a professional painter by then, and he got individual commissions for painting interior murals for lathe public buildings, he also produced a series of paintings which he called “Allegories and Emblems”