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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Moses Nucleus Of Creation - Frida Kahlo - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Moses Nucleus Of Creation
Frida Kahlo
Cypresses - Vincent Van Gogh - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Cypresses
Vincent Van Gogh
Forest Scene - Thomas Moran - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Forest Scene
Thomas Moran
Yellow Red Blue - Wassily Kandinsky - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Yellow Red Blue
Wassily Kandinsky
A Moonlit Winter Landscape - Remigius Adriannus van Haanen - www.most-famous-paintings.org
A Moonlit Winter Landscape
Remigius Adriannus van Haanen
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
Olive Trees With Yellow Sky And Sun - Vincent Van Gogh - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Olive Trees With Yellow Sky And Sun
Vincent Van Gogh
Equestrian Portrait of George Washington - Rembrandt Peale - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Equestrian Portrait of George Washington
Rembrandt Peale
Old Man Praying - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Old Man Praying
Rembrandt Van Rijn
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 1887 - Viktor Vasnetsov - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 1887
Viktor Vasnetsov
Picking up Silver and Gold, 1906 - Alexander Mann - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Picking up Silver and Gold, 1906
Alexander Mann
Dancers In Pink - Edgar Degas - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Dancers In Pink
Edgar Degas

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