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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Peacock, Hen and Cock Pheasant in a Landscape - Tobias Stranover - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Peacock, Hen and Cock Pheasant in a Landscape
Tobias Stranover
The Mermaid - Howard Pyle - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Mermaid
Howard Pyle
Walking Next To The River - Fernando Botero - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Walking Next To The River
Fernando Botero
Picnic 1998 - Fernando Botero - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Picnic 1998
Fernando Botero
The Playing Cards Painting the Rose Bush, illustration... - John Tenniel - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Playing Cards Painting the Rose Bush, illustration...
John Tenniel
Samson's youth 1891 - Léon Bonnat - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Samson's youth 1891
Léon Bonnat
American Gothic - Grant Wood - www.most-famous-paintings.org
American Gothic
Grant Wood
Lady Godiva - John Maler Collier - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Lady Godiva
John Maler Collier
Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) c. 1503-05 - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) c. 1503-05
Leonardo Da Vinci
Chloe - Jules Joseph Lefebvre - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Chloe
Jules Joseph Lefebvre
Monastery Graveyard In The Snow - Caspar David Friedrich - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Monastery Graveyard In The Snow
Caspar David Friedrich
The Tree of Life - Gustav Klimt - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Tree of Life
Gustav Klimt

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