Being a famous artist in your own lifetime is no guarantee that you'll be remembered by other artists. Have you heard of the French painter Ernest Meissonier? He was a contemporary with Edouard Manet, and by far the more successful artist in terms of critical acclaim and sales. The reverse is also true, with Vincent van Gogh probably the most famous example. Van Gogh relied on his brother, Theo, to provide him with paint and canvas, yet today his paintings fetch record prices whenever they come up at art auction and he's a household name.

Looking at famous paintings past and present can teach you many things, including composition and handling of paint. Though probably the most important lesson is that you should ultimately paint for yourself, not for a market or for posterity.

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Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum - Vincent Van Gogh - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum
Vincent Van Gogh
The origin of the world - Gustave Courbet - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The origin of the world
Gustave Courbet
The Last Supper 1498 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Last Supper 1498
Leonardo Da Vinci
Stormy sea with Lighthouse - Karl Blechen - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Stormy sea with Lighthouse
Karl Blechen
Venus Rising - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Venus Rising
Jean-Léon Gérôme
Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Starry Night
Vincent Van Gogh
Mona Lisa Monalisa - Fernando Botero - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Mona Lisa Monalisa
Fernando Botero
Pharaohs Handmaidens - John Maler Collier - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Pharaohs Handmaidens
John Maler Collier
Arlette Boucard with Arums, 1931 - Tamara de Lempicka - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Arlette Boucard with Arums, 1931
Tamara de Lempicka
Open window at Collioure - Henri Matisse - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Open window at Collioure
Henri Matisse
The Storm - Pierre Auguste Cot - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Storm
Pierre Auguste Cot
I Sangkammaren - Anders Zorn - www.most-famous-paintings.org
I Sangkammaren
Anders Zorn

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