Vincent Willem Van Gogh was born in 1853 and went on to become a post-impressionist artist who had a brilliant eye for color, emotion and beauty. However, he struggled with poverty and mental illness throughout his short life. He died at the young age of 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In this short lifespan, he managed to complete over 2100 artworks of which 860 were oil paintings and 1300 watercolors, sketches and drawings.
The paintings by Vincent Van Gogh are considered to be the most expensive in the world according to famous art critics. His “Irises” was sold for a record amount of $53.9 million dollars, and his “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” was sold for $82.5 million dollars. Let’s take a look at some h his other famous paintings:
The Starry Night
This was painted by Vincent Van Gogh in the year 1889. The oil painting depicts the night sky in a swirling visual looming above a sleeping village. This painting is currently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Vincent Van Gogh painted two series of sunflowers. These oil paintings depict yellow sunflowers wilting in a vase. These paintings are prominently displayed in museums in London, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Philadelphia and Munich.
In the short period that Van Gogh devoted to painting, he managed to create more than forty three self-portraits in the form of paintings and drawings. These are now displayed at different art museums all over the world.
It was in the year of 1880, at the age of 27 that Vincent Van Gogh decided to try his hand at becoming an artist. He had no formal art training but tried to make up for it by studying books like Cours de dessin by Charles Bargue and Travaux des champs by Jean-François Millet on his own. Pretty soon he created his own unique style of painting that is tried to be recreated by plenty of struggling artists today.
Pablo Picasso was born in 1881 in Spain and went on to become one of the most influential artists in the century. He was a sculptor, a painter, a printmaker, a ceramicist and even a stage designer. At the time, he was considered to be a radical artist. Out of his 91 years on Earth, he devoted nearly 80 years to the artistic development of different kinds.
He was born to Ruiz Blasco in the tiny town of Malaga in Spain in 1881. He was a serious child and seemed to have been predestined for greatness even at a young age. Even though he did not fare well at school, he excelled in drawing. His father encouraged him to draw and paint, and by the time he was 13 years old, his skills had outgrown his father’s. His family moved to Barcelona when he turned 14, where he applied to the School of Fine Arts. He aced the entrance examination and was admitted to the school without a second thought.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, he moved to Paris, France and opened his own art studio. This period is often called as the Blue Period by art critics and art historians since the color blue seems to dominate all of the Picasso’s paintings created during this period. The “Blue Nude”, “the Old Guitarist” and the “La Vie” are famous paintings from this period in Picasso’s life.
The Blue Period is followed by the Rose Period when Picasso started using warmer colors in his creations. The “Family at Saltimbanques”, “Two Nudes” and the “Gertrude Stein” are examples of his exemplary artwork during this period. His most well-known painting depicted the Spanish Civil War and was completed in 1937. The “Guernica” is one of the most exquisite anti-war paintings the world has ever seen.
Salvador Dali is a famous artist of the twentieth century. He managed to dip his hands in sculpture, fashion, advertising, writings, and filmmaking in his lifetime. His flamboyant personality is often credited with his eye to technical detail. His works represent his fascination for Classical and Renaissance Art very clearly.
Salvador Dali’s work is often strife with the themes of death, eroticism and even decay. He has been able to create a sort of visual representation of his hallucinations and dreams, giving the viewers a glimpse into what goes on in his mind. His famous “The Persistence of Memory” has been reproduced several times over and over again since its original rendering by Salvador Dali. It represents how fluid time is through melting watches.
Salvador Dali was born in a small town near Barcelona. His family was a prosperous middle class family with a nice home, who had just lost their first son, prior to the great artist’s birth. Dali was told at a young age itself that he was the reincarnation of his dead older brother. This might have influenced how his thoughts were formed as time went on. The landscapes of his childhood are found in his paintings that he created at a later stage in life. He started his first drawing classes at the age of 10 at the Madrid School of Fine Arts. However, his was soon overcome with sorrow when he lost his mother to breast cancer when he was only 16 years old. Salvador Dali took a trip to Paris, France and me Pablo Picasso in his studio, which had a huge influence on his paintings. This can be seen in his attempts to show different objects in multiple angles.