Top 13 Best Works of Art of All Time

Over the centuries many artists and their artworks have excelled in history and captivated thousands of art lovers around the world. Many of them are today the subject of discussion and reflection on their true meanings. In some, you can capture the essence of the artist and his real intention. Others are eternal puzzles to his admirers. Check out the top 13 best works of art of all time:

1. Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci (1503 – 1517)


Mona Lisa is considered one of the leading and world’s most famous works of art by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. It is also known as The Gioconda (La Gioconda in Italian, which means “Happy”). Mona Lisa is the female pattern of the time, with conservative smile while being seductive. It is hallmark of a valuable art and highly praised; however controversial and questioned by the critics.

2. Girl Pearl Earring – Jan Vermeer (1665)

2. Girl Pearl Earring - Jan Vermeer (1665)

Often named “The Dutch Mona Lisa” is the portrait of an ordinary woman with a blue turban on her head and a pearl earring is the most important point of this work of art. It was painted by the Dutch Johannes Vermeer.

3. Walk, Woman with Umbrella – Claude Monet (1875)

Also known as “Madame Monet and the Son” or “Camille and Jean on the Hill” is one of Monet’s famous Impressionist works.

3. Walk, Woman with Umbrella - Claude Monet (1875)

It was played during the 1875 and 1876 summer, where Claude Monet portrays his first wife and son in the garden of their new home, located in Argenteuil, close to Colombes and Gennevilliers, France. The painter uses an Impressionism style using own technique to reproduce the image of a walk with his family in the vicinity of his residence.

In the scene, the characters are seen from the bottom up and wandering in fields full of poppies called flowers on a brighter day, surrounded by clouds in the sky. Jean is deeper, while his mother dominates the screen center with an umbrella.

4. Luncheon of the Boating Party – Pierre Auguste Renoir (1881)

4. Luncheon of the Boating Party - Pierre Auguste Renoir (1881)

This artwork is a portrait of a meeting of friends of the painter Pierre Auguste Renoir, relaxing on a balcony along the Seine River. This was the final painting of the nineteenth century in France which conveys happiness and excitement for those who admire.

5. Cafe Terrace at Night – Vincent Van Gogh (1885)

5. Cafe Terrace at Night - Vincent Van Gogh (1885)

It is a famous work of Van Gogh completed in September 1888, after his arrival in Paris, the city of Arles, located south of France. In the 90s, the owners of the Café Van Gogh, as it came to be called, painted facade with yellow and green colors to make it look the way you see in the picture.

6. The Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh (1888)

6. The Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh (1889)

Starry Night (Starry Night) is a work of art reproduced by artist Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch painter who portrayed scenes from his memory at age 37, when he was in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

7. Without Beard Artist Self-Portrait – Vincent Van Gogh (1889)

Portrait de l'Artiste sans Barbe by Vincent van Gogh ($71,500,000) Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe ("Self-portrait without beard") is one of many self-portraits by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. He painted this one in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France in September 1889. The painting is a oil painting on canvas and is 40 cm x 31 cm (16" x 13"). This is an uncommon painting since his other self-portraits show him with a beard. The self-portrait became one of the most expensive paintings of all time when it was sold for $71.5 million in 1998 in New York.

Vincent always painted pictures of himself; he painted around more than 30 self-portrait painting. An example is the Self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh completed in the year 1889, as well as the Artist Portrait without Beard, which is one of the most important paintings of all.

The picture showed a little of his personality, of his techniques and a way to learn more. That’s because, he watched critically every detail of his own face through a mirror and reproduced it on the screens.

In late September 1889, he painted a picture after removing the beard. It was also that year that he would cut off part of his ear in one of his bouts of depression, which led him to a suicide.

The artist was killed on July 29, 1890, in a wheat field in France, shot in the chest.

8. Portrait of Dr. Gachet – Vincent Van Gogh (1890)

Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh ($82,500,000) This painting by the Dutch Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh suddenly became world-famous when Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito paid $82.5 million for it at auction in Christie's, New York. Saito was so attached to the painting that he wanted it to be cremated with him when he died. Saito died in 1996 ... but the painting was saved. Vincent van Gogh actually painted two versions of Dr Gachet's portrait. You can view the other version, with a slightly different color scheme, at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

This portrait was considered the most expensive painting by Vincent Van Gogh. In this painting, he portrays Dr. Gachet, the doctor who took care of Van Gogh in his last days of life. There are two versions of this work which was painted in June 1890. In both, the doctor has his hand resting on the head and sitting.

9. The Scream – Edvard Munch (1893)

9. The Scream - Edvard Munch (1893)

The Scream is a famous expressionist work of a series of paintings created by Edvard Much, a Norwegian. The scene portrays the image of an androgynous being in a harrowing and desperate period of its existence. The landscape background is Oslofjord dock in Oslo in the evening.

10. The Kiss – Gustav Klimt (1909)

10. The Kiss - Gustav Klimt (1909)

One of works of greater recognition of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, The Kiss is a biological and psychological representation of the sexual act with feminine and masculine rectangular rounded forms. The painting belongs to a golden age of the author’s creation.

11. The Persistence of Memory – Salvador Dali (1931)

11. The Persistence of Memory - Salvador Dali (1931)

Inspired by the general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein, who said that time bends under gravity, Salvador Dali, a surrealist artist created a work where surreal watches “melt” in the landscape that portrays the reality.

12. Dora Maar with Cat – Pablo Picasso (1941)

12. Dora Marr with Cat - Pablo Picasso (1941)

This is a painting of Pablo Picasso’s lover, sitting on a chair with a small cat walking on her shoulders. The work was painted during the period of the Nazi invasion of France. At this time Dora was 29 and lived a long time with the artist.

13. No.5 – Jackson Pollock (1948)

13. No.5 - Jackson Pollock (1948)

It was one of the most significant paintings of Jackson Pollock and also one of the most expensive in history. Pollock was an American who had a strong influence on Abstract Expressionism period.



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