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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I Sangkammaren - Anders Zorn - www.most-famous-paintings.org
I Sangkammaren
Anders Zorn
Ecce Homo - Antonio Ciseri - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Ecce Homo
Antonio Ciseri
Adam and Eve, 1932 - Tamara de Lempicka - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Adam and Eve, 1932
Tamara de Lempicka
Vercingetorix throws down his arms at the feet of Julius... - Lionel Noel Royer - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Vercingetorix throws down his arms at the feet of Julius...
Lionel Noel Royer
Creation of Adam  1510 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Creation of Adam 1510
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Cherubini - Raphael - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Cherubini
Raphael
Picking The Favourite   Detail - Giulio Rosati - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Picking The Favourite Detail
Giulio Rosati
A Soul Brought to Heaven 1878 - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.most-famous-paintings.org
A Soul Brought to Heaven 1878
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
The Kiss - Gustav Klimt - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Kiss
Gustav Klimt
Flower Study - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Flower Study
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Girl with a Pearl Earring c. 1665 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Girl with a Pearl Earring c. 1665
Jan Vermeer Van Delft
A Wooded Path In Autumn - Hans Anderson Brendekilde - www.most-famous-paintings.org
A Wooded Path In Autumn
Hans Anderson Brendekilde

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