Our Most Famous Oil Paintings of All Times top nine list at most09.com
The Buddhist painters in India and China were the first to use oil paints for their artworks, at the beginning of the Middle Age. But the technique became popular only when used by artists in western countries, in the 15th century. It is them who took this craft to excellence, giving birth to the most acclaimed works of art of all times.
1. Mona Lisa
It is one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous masterpieces, if not the world’s most famous. During the centuries, Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile has fascinated art lovers, scientists and artists, being an endless source of investigation and myths.
2. Starry Night
The oil canvas painted by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh strikes the viewer with his power as well as melancholy. The artist had been in an asylum for 6 months when he created Starry Night, part of a series of works capturing night sceneries.
3. The Scream
The critics described this work of art as the Mona Lisa of our time. The impressive and emotional masterpiece belongs to the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. He made several are other similar works in tempera, pastel and crayon.
4. Girl with a Pearl Earring
This oil painting is by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. It drew attention of public and critics because of its unusual subject. It is a picture of an European girl who is uncustomary wearing an oriental turban and a big pearl earring.
This is the famous Pablo Picasso’s most famous work of art. Guernica is strange but touching artistic composition. It is also a political manifesto against the violence and sufferance war inflicts upon people.
6. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
Beside oil colors, Gustav Klimt used gold and silver to get the personal effect he aimed for this canvas. The painting was finished in Vienna and depicts Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer’s wife, Adele.
7. The Night Watch
A milestone of Baroque art, the picture was painted by Rembrandt van Rijn in 1642. It has become famous because of its innovations: a colossal size as well as an original use of light and shadow.
8. Water Lilies
Water Lilies is not just one painting but a series of 250 pictures of Claude Monet. They present Monet’s flower garden of Giverny, the main art motif of the last thirty years of Monet’s career.
9. Luncheon of the Boating Party
This masterpiece of French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir has been fascinating art lovers for more than 120 years. The painting depicts a relaxed atmosphere of Renoir’s friends sharing food, wine and conversation.