From the first time a person picked up a paintbrush, to this very day, artists have been trying to capture life’s most important moments. But not all paintings are created equal because some stand out from others as being more famous than other pieces of art. In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at which paintings are the world’s most famous and why they deserve our respect and admiration!
The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
One of the first famous paintings that we’re going to talk about is the Impressionist piece “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh. In this painting, you can see a small village very clearly but there’s also a feeling of expansion and freedom to it at the same time because the entire scene looks like it could go on forever. What’s great about this painting is that it captures a night sky with the light from a full moon and stars shining brightly.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci (c. 1503–19)
The “Mona Lisa” must be included in the famous paintings that we’re going to talk about today. It is a Renaissance piece by Leonardo da Vinci, which translates to “my lady” in Italian. It’s strange to think that this piece of art is so famous because the subject herself isn’t even that special. However, it’s just her expression and the way she’s captured in paint that makes people want to look at it over and over again!
Guernica by Pablo Picasso
The third painting we’re going to discuss is the Cubist piece “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso. This is one of the famous paintings that represent what happened during the Nazi’s bombing of the Basque village, which was part of the Spanish Civil War. It also shows that one person can make a difference because it wasn’t until about 20 years after Guernica was painted that things between Germany and Spain finally started to improve.
La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
The fourth-most famous painting is the Pointillism piece “La Grande Jatte” (which translates to “the big lawn”) by Georges Seurat. This painting shows a park and people strolling through it as if they’re on a walk during the day. Some things make this painting iconic because of the people in it. For example, there’s an older woman who’s lying down on her back while looking up at the sky with an ice cream cone in one hand and her purse beside her.
Monet’s Garden at Argenteuil by Claude Monet
The Impressionist piece “Monet’s Garden at Argenteuil” by Claude Monet is the fifth on the list. This famous painting shows what appears to be two people walking towards the viewer but some trees and flowers surround them. The great thing about this painting is that it shows how much Monet enjoyed using different types of color in his paintings.
The Third of May 1808 by Francisco Goya
The sixth of the famous paintings we’re going to mention is the Neoclassical piece “The Third of May” 1808 by Francisco Goya. This painting portrays one of the most important dates in Spanish history when Napoleon Bonaparte’s soldiers brutally murdered several Spanish patriots. Looking at this painting gives you a strange feeling because it shows so much death, even though the main focus is on the lifeless body of a young man who died with his back turned to you.
American Gothic by Grant Wood
The seventh painting on this list is the “American Gothic” by Grant Wood. This is one of the American Regionalist pieces and it shows a father and daughter standing in front of an old house while dressed up for church. This is one of the most famous paintings in history due to its uniqueness. It’s probably the most iconic piece of art in America because you can find it on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs!
The Thames at Weybridge by Claude Monet
The eighth of the famous paintings is the Impressionist piece “The Thames at Weybridge” by Claude Monet. This painting shows an area in London, England and it captures the way the sun was reflecting off of the river during a certain time. Nowadays there’s a park in a place where this scene once took place and it makes people ask themselves: how can we keep nature around us when so many humans live in cities?
The Scream by Edvard Munch
The ninth famous painting we’re going to mention is the Expressionist piece “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. This painting shows a person looking into the distance with their hands covering their face. One thing that makes this painting so popular is its use of colors because some areas appear to be red while others are blue.
The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
The tenth famous painting is the Baroque piece “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer. This famous painting shows an unknown person looking back at the viewer while holding an earring in their left hand and wearing pearl earrings. Some experts believe that this painting helped the Baroque period be considered important in art history because it was very popular.
The world’s most famous paintings are difficult to define because they come from so many different cultures and periods. However, it is safe to say that these ten pieces of art have left their mark on history through the way they shaped culture or made people think about certain topics. It might be worth checking out some of them if you want a glimpse into what makes great art!