5 Most Famous Paintings
Here’s the most famous paintings in the world ever. Famous paintings has been an inspiration to the development of culture and history. Famous artists in the world such as Edvard Munch, Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Leonardo da Vinci and Edouard Manet has made a lot of people captivated by their works over many centuries. If you are looking for paintings that have been famous in reproduction, here’s the list of the top 5 most famous paintings in the world.
The Luncheon on the Grass by Edouard Manet
A controversial realist painting is fourth famous painting, The Luncheon on the Grass by French painter Edouard Manet (1832 – 1883). It shows a nude woman lunching with two fully dressed men. They are in a conversation, ignoring the woman who stares directly at the viewer. The public was shocked when Manet exhibited it in 1863. Nowadays the cliche is sometimes used in advertisement but the painting has remained controversial.It hangs now in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda, painted by Italian renaissance artist and universal genius, Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) is, no doubt, the most famous painting. Leonardo began painting it in 1503 but left it unfinished until shortly before he died in 1519. It is the portrait of a young woman, Lisa del Giocondo, sitting before an imaginary landscape. With her mysterious smile she has fascinated generations of viewers. The painting hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris where it was attacked several times and also stolen but now is shielded by bulletproof glass.
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) created the fifth famous painting, The Kiss, painted 1907 – 1908. It depicts a couple embracing and sharing a kiss. Most of the painting shows pattern and symbols in gold, black, some bright colours and bronze. The style is close to Art Nouveau and dates from the artist’s ‘Golden Phase’. The discreet erotic flair makes the painting unique and well known. It is in the Belvedere Museum in Vienna and has become one of the most reproduced paintings in the world.
The Scream by Edvard Munch
Norwegian expressionist painter Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) painted third on the list The Scream as a series of paintings, pastels and one lithograph from 1893 – 1910. Munch gave it originally the German title “Der Schrei der Natur” (The Scream of Nature). An impressive blood red sky on a walk had been inspiration for the image. It shows a person with an expression of horror on the face, in the background the blood red sky, and has often been used as illustration of emotional disturbance. Two painted versions and a pastel are in The Munch Museum, The National Gallery of Norway holds another painted version and a fourth version, a pastel is in private hands.
Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh
Second on the list is a still life by Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890) which is actually a series of paintings showing bouquets of sunflowers in a vase painted 1888. There was a previous series of sunflowers laying on the ground, but Sunflowers version three and four have become world famous, often printed and replicated. Van Gogh’s friend and painter Gauguin said about them: “That…..it’s…..the flower”. Sunflowers version three is in Neue Pinakothek in Munich now, version four in National Gallery in London.