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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Old Man Praying - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Old Man Praying
Rembrandt Van Rijn
Woman with a Parrot - Gustave Courbet - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Woman with a Parrot
Gustave Courbet
Dancers In Pink - Edgar Degas - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Dancers In Pink
Edgar Degas
El Vendedor De Alcatraces - Diego Rivera - www.most-famous-paintings.org
El Vendedor De Alcatraces
Diego Rivera
The Walk  Woman With A Parasol - Claude Oscar Monet - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Walk Woman With A Parasol
Claude Oscar Monet
Still Life: Two Glass of Red Wine, a Bottle of Wine... - Albert Anker - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Still Life: Two Glass of Red Wine, a Bottle of Wine...
Albert Anker
Fort Vimieux - Joseph Mallord William Turner - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Fort Vimieux
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Planning the Grand Tour - Emil Brack - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Planning the Grand Tour
Emil Brack
Ships at Night - Edward Moran - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Ships at Night
Edward Moran
Forest Sunrise - Albert Bierstadt - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Forest Sunrise
Albert Bierstadt
Peach Trees in Blossom - Vincent Van Gogh - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Peach Trees in Blossom
Vincent Van Gogh
Patrick Henry in the House of Burgesses of Virginia... - Peter F. Rothermel - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Patrick Henry in the House of Burgesses of Virginia...
Peter F. Rothermel

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