Art and artists have remained a critical part of human life for centuries. Throughout these centuries, there have been artists and styles which have defined entire eras. From the period of Renaissance to Pop Art, there is a large variety of how artists have showcased their creativity to the world.
One of the ways by which the true brilliance of an artist is proven is when their work is able to withstand the test of time and triumph gloriously by staying hugely relevant in everyday conversation regardless of the era.
Take a look at some of the greatest Art and artists who have walked the face of this world and has nourished the very cultural fabric of mankind at a very deep level:
Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh is revered to be one of the greatest artists of all time. His work “Starry Night” is one of the most famous paintings in the world. The man suffered terrible mental health. One of the well-known incidents is the time when he had cut off his ear after having an argument with fellow painter, Paul Gaugin. His technique of painting consists of thick brushstrokes and made up of bright colours which have been squeezed right out of the tubes. Van Gogh’s style of creating works of art has inspired generations.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Known as the original Renaissance Man, Da Vinci is one of the most well-known artists of all time. Revered as a genius, the contributions of Da Vinci spanned numerous fields beyond art. The most well-known work by Da Vinci is his masterpiece, Mona Lisa. Da Vinci has made several critical contributions to the world of Art and artists, human anatomy and technology amongst other fields. Other works of Da Vinci include The Last Supper, which is one of the most well-known frescos in the world. His sketches of an aircraft’s, tanks and automobiles were centuries ahead of his time.
Michelangelo has made some of the most monumental contributions in the worlds of painting, sculpture and architecture. A glance at the Sistine Ceiling shall give one an idea of the immense talent which Michelangelo as an Art and artists had in order to deliver such meticulous and delicate work. His contributions to sculpture include the world-famous statue of the David and Pieta, some of the finest work on marble which can lay sight upon. When it comes to architecture, Michelangelo stunned the world by building St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Dutch Master is one of the most revered artists in the history of mankind. Responsible for works such as The Night Watch and Doctor Nicolaes Tulp’s Demonstration of the Anatomy of the Arm, Rembrandt holds an extraordinary amount of significance in the world of art and creation. The man is especially known for his work in portraiture where he has demonstrated an uncanny ability to be able to bring out some of the most internal thoughts of his subjects including his own with a sublime play of facial expressions and light across the sitter’s features.
The artist was forgotten for two entire centuries before being rediscovered in the nineteenth century. Vermeer is considered to be one of the most important individuals in the world of art and history in general. His ability to bring out immense beauty through his works simply goes unmatched. The soft blur which could be noticed in his works brought his paintings uncannily close to photorealism. One of the most interesting observations one may make with Vermeer’s work is the remarkable usage of light as a tangible element.
Perhaps the greatest French painter of the eighteenth century, Watteau is considered to be a transitional figure in between the era of Baroque art and the Rocco style which subsequently followed. His emphasis on movement and colour structured the compositions in a way that the paintings would consist of a sense of theatricality. The sheer atmospheric quality of Watteau’s works allowed them to stand out and become highly influential for artists such as Turner.
Delacroix was one of the most important figures in the world of art during the nineteenth century. He held a towering presence in Romanticism which would privilege emotions over rationalism. Delacroix’s expressive handling of paint and sheer usage of colour laid the very foundation for the successive avant-garde movements of the nineteenth century and beyond to follow.
Artist: Claude Monet
In the world of Impressionists, perhaps the best-known artist is Claude Monet. His uncanny ability to capture the changing effects of light over a landscape with a pragmatic usage of the colour palette was delivered via rapid brush strokes. Monet’s masterpiece, Water Lillies, is perhaps his most well-known work and is an extraordinary example of how his late-career lily pond paintings eclipsed his contributions to Colour Field Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism.
Artist: Edvard Munch
Munch’s masterpiece, The Scream, is considered to be the Mona Lisa of anxiety. A pastel version of Munch’s iconic series of evoking modern angst had fetched an astronomical sum of a hundred and twenty million dollars at auction. Munch is acknowledged as the forerunner to Expressionism and highly influential for artists.
Artist: Gustav Klimt
The Viennese Symbolist painter is known for his usage of gold leaf to create his works, an art which he had picked up during his visit to the famous Byzantine frescoes in Ravenna, Italy. The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, also known as Austria’s Mona Lisa is one of the prime examples of this unique style of his work. The painting had been looted by Nazis during the Second World War. Tale of its eventual return to the rightful owner served as the plot for the film, Woman in Gold which starred Helen Mirren.
Kiss is another iconic masterpiece by Klimt.
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