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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The Last Supper 1592-94 - Jacopo Tintoretto (Robusti) - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Last Supper 1592-94
Jacopo Tintoretto (Robusti)
The Torture of Madame de la Motte, engraved by Meyer... - H. de la Charlerie - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Torture of Madame de la Motte, engraved by Meyer...
H. de la Charlerie
After the Bath, 1898 - Edgar Degas - www.most-famous-paintings.org
After the Bath, 1898
Edgar Degas
The Nightmare 1781 - Johann Henry Fuseli - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Nightmare 1781
Johann Henry Fuseli
Street in Venice 2 - John Singer Sargent - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Street in Venice 2
John Singer Sargent
Warren Hastings Esq. on his Arabian Horse, after a... - George Stubbs - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Warren Hastings Esq. on his Arabian Horse, after a...
George Stubbs
Last Judgment (1) 1537-41 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Last Judgment (1) 1537-41
Michelangelo Buonarroti
The Magic Circle  1886 - John William Waterhouse - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Magic Circle 1886
John William Waterhouse
Birth of Venus (La Nascita di Venere) - Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi) - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Birth of Venus (La Nascita di Venere)
Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi)
St. George slaying the dragon - Hans Von Aachen - www.most-famous-paintings.org
St. George slaying the dragon
Hans Von Aachen
Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee
Rembrandt Van Rijn
Boreas  1903 - John William Waterhouse - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Boreas 1903
John William Waterhouse

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