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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A Quintet of Bulldogs on a Beach - Binks, R. Ward - www.most-famous-paintings.org
A Quintet of Bulldogs on a Beach
Binks, R. Ward
Ships On The Zuiderzee Before The Fort Of Naarden 1660s - Ludolf Backhuysen - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Ships On The Zuiderzee Before The Fort Of Naarden 1660s
Ludolf Backhuysen
A Study for a figure of a dancer for Scheherazade - Leon (Samoilovitch) Bakst - www.most-famous-paintings.org
A Study for a figure of a dancer for Scheherazade
Leon (Samoilovitch) Bakst
Lower New York from Grace & Co.'s Pier - Paul Sawyier - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Lower New York from Grace & Co.'s Pier
Paul Sawyier
Last Supper (detail 2) c. 1486 - Domenico Ghirlandaio - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Last Supper (detail 2) c. 1486
Domenico Ghirlandaio
Apollo and the Muses on Mount Helion (Parnassus) 1680 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Apollo and the Muses on Mount Helion (Parnassus) 1680
Claude Lorrain (Gellee)
Bacino di San Marco (St Mark's Basin) 1738-40 - (Giovanni Antonio Canal) Canaletto - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Bacino di San Marco (St Mark's Basin) 1738-40
(Giovanni Antonio Canal) Canaletto

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