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Painting give is a glimpse into the minds of those that painted those paintings in eras before ours. They created paintings that have captured people throughout time and give each individual something different. We have created a small list of those that have made significant contributions to the art world.
- Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an Italian Renaissance artist, inventor, and polymath. He is widely considered one of the greatest artists of all time and his most famous works include the “Mona Lisa,” “The Last Supper,” and “The Vitruvian Man.” In addition to his work as an artist, Leonardo was also a skilled engineer, architect, and scientist, and his notebooks contain a wealth of ideas and drawings that anticipate many modern inventions. He was a true Renaissance man, embodying the spirit of intellectual and cultural revival that characterized the period. One of his most famous paintings was “salvator mundi”, which wen t on auction for around 1/2 a billion dollars. Some say it is owned by MBS (Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud – Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia).
- Michelangelo (1475-1564)
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet widely regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time. He was born in Tuscany and worked in Florence, Rome, and Bologna during the High Renaissance period. Some of his famous works include the sculptures “David” and “Pieta,” the ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and the design of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Michelangelo’s work has had a profound impact on art and continues to influence artists to this day.
- Rembrandt (1606-1669)
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch master painter and etcher. He is considered one of the greatest artists in European art history and is best known for his portraits and genre scenes, as well as his use of light and shadow in his paintings. Rembrandt’s works, such as “The Night Watch,” “Self-Portrait with Two Circles,” and “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp,” are considered masterpieces and are housed in some of the world’s leading museums. He was also an innovative printmaker, and his etchings are considered some of the finest ever made. Rembrandt’s influence on later generations of artists has been immense and he continues to be an inspiration to artists today.
- Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Vincent van Gogh was a post-Impressionist painter from the Netherlands. He is widely regarded as one of the most famous and influential artists of all time. Some of his most famous works include “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” “The Potato Eaters,” and “Café Terrace at Night.” Despite a lack of recognition during his lifetime, van Gogh’s work has since become some of the most valuable and sought after in the world. He is known for his bold use of color and the emotion he conveys in his paintings. Van Gogh suffered from mental illness and died by suicide at the age of 37.
- Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. He is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art and is best known as the co-founder of the Cubist movement. His style and innovations had a profound influence on art movements that followed and he produced over 50,000 works of art during his lifetime. Some of his most famous works include “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” and “Guernica”. Picasso’s enduring impact on art and culture has made him one of the most famous artists of all time.
- Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)
Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch Baroque painter known for his luminous scenes of everyday life. He was born in Delft, Netherlands and was a master of light and color. His paintings are characterized by their calm compositions, attention to detail, and subtle use of light and shadow. Some of his most famous works include “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” “The Astronomer,” and “The Love Letter.” Despite his relatively small output, Vermeer has had a lasting impact on the art world and continues to be highly regarded as one of the greatest painters of all time.
- Edvard Munch (1863-1944)
Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and printmaker. He was a central figure in the development of Expressionism, a modernist movement characterized by emotional intensity and the use of vivid color and non-naturalistic form. Munch is best known for his painting “The Scream,” which has become one of the most famous images of modern art. He created a series of powerful and haunting images that explored themes of love, death, and existential anxiety, and his work continues to influence artists and inspire new generations of art lovers.
- Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. He is best known for his ornamental, decorative style and his use of gold leaf in his paintings. Some of his most famous works include “The Kiss” and “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.” Klimt’s works are characterized by their sensual subject matter, decorative elements, and unique use of color and pattern. He was a major influence on the development of Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement, and his works remain popular and widely reproduced to this day.
- Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist known for her self-portraits and Surrealist-inspired paintings. Born in 1907, Kahlo’s work is often characterized by its vivid use of color and symbolism, as well as its exploration of themes related to identity, gender, and Mexican culture. Despite being largely unknown during her lifetime, Kahlo has since become one of the most famous and iconic artists of the 20th century, and her work continues to be celebrated and widely reproduced today.
- Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Henri Matisse was a French artist who is considered one of the leading painters of the 20th century. He is known for his use of color, his mastery of the cut-out technique, and his exploration of different styles and techniques throughout his career. Matisse’s works include paintings, sculptures, and prints, and he is regarded as one of the pioneers of Fauvism, a modernist art movement characterized by bold use of color. Some of his most famous works include “The Dance”, “Woman with a Hat”, and “The Joy of Life”. Matisse’s influence on modern art continues to be felt today, and his legacy has inspired countless artists around the world.
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