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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Cypresses - Vincent Van Gogh - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Cypresses
Vincent Van Gogh
The Magnolia Blossom - Martin Johnson Heade - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Magnolia Blossom
Martin Johnson Heade
Equestrian Portrait of George Washington - Rembrandt Peale - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Equestrian Portrait of George Washington
Rembrandt Peale
Dancers in blue, 1890 - Edgar Degas - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Dancers in blue, 1890
Edgar Degas
The Pool - Tom Thomson - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Pool
Tom Thomson
Still Life With Carafe  Silver Goblet And Fruit - Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Still Life With Carafe Silver Goblet And Fruit
Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin
Moses Nucleus Of Creation - Frida Kahlo - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Moses Nucleus Of Creation
Frida Kahlo
Picking up Silver and Gold, 1906 - Alexander Mann - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Picking up Silver and Gold, 1906
Alexander Mann
The Lady of Shallot - John William Waterhouse - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Lady of Shallot
John William Waterhouse
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 1887 - Viktor Vasnetsov - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 1887
Viktor Vasnetsov
Echo and Narcissus  1903 - John William Waterhouse - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Echo and Narcissus 1903
John William Waterhouse
Mlle Irene Cahen DAnvers - Vincent Van Gogh - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Mlle Irene Cahen DAnvers
Vincent Van Gogh

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