Famous Artists Artists to know…
Pablo PicassoSpanish Guernica shows suffering people, animals, and buildings wrenched by violence and chaos
Leonardo da vinciItalian Mona Lisa The painting was commissioned for their new home and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea in Tuscany, Italy.
Vincent van GoghDutch Starry Night Starry Night is one of his most famous paintings and has become one of the most well known images in modern culture. The painting shows the village of Saint-Rémy under a swirling sky, in a view from the asylum towards north.
Salvador daliSpanish The Persistence of Memory The well-known surrealist piece introduced the image of the soft melting pocket watch. "The soft watches are an unconscious symbol of the relativity of space and time, a Surrealist meditation on the collapse of our notions of a fixed cosmic order".
El grecoSpanish The Burial of the Count of Orgaz An exceptionally large painting, it is very clearly divided into two sections, heavenly above and terrestrial below, but it gives little impression of duality. The upper and lower sections are brought together compositionally.
MichelangeloItalian The Last Judgment It is a depiction of the second coming of Christ and the apocalypse. The souls of humans rise and descend to their fates, as judged by Christ surrounded by his saints.
Auguste RodinFrench The Thinker It depicts a man in sober meditation battling with a powerful internal struggle.It is often used to represent philosophy,
Claude monetFrench Water Lilies The paintings depict Monet's flower garden at Givernyand were the main focus of Monet's artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts.
Johannes vermeerDutch Girl with a Pearl Earring It is sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa".
Edgar degasFrench La Classe de Danse In many subsequent paintings dancers were shown backstage or in rehearsal, emphasizing their status as professionals doing a job.