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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Study of hands - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Study of hands
Leonardo Da Vinci
Forest Sunrise - Albert Bierstadt - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Forest Sunrise
Albert Bierstadt
Irises - Vincent Van Gogh - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Irises
Vincent Van Gogh
The Last Supper 1592-94 - Jacopo Tintoretto (Robusti) - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Last Supper 1592-94
Jacopo Tintoretto (Robusti)
Apple Tree I - Gustav Klimt - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Apple Tree I
Gustav Klimt
Sunlights in Cafeteria - Edward Hopper - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Sunlights in Cafeteria
Edward Hopper
The Park - Gustav Klimt - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Park
Gustav Klimt
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
Impression  Sunrise - Claude Oscar Monet - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Impression Sunrise
Claude Oscar Monet
Night Hawks - Edward Hopper - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Night Hawks
Edward Hopper
Vase of Flowers II - Pierre Auguste Renoir - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Vase of Flowers II
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Dance - Gustav Klimt - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Dance
Gustav Klimt

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