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Famous Paintings That Serve as Inspiration for Artists Everywhere

When you head to art auctions, you find an array of paintings from artists all over Europe. Knowing about some of the most famous and inspiring paintings from this area of the world is a great way to start learning more about it. There are certain paintings that have inspired generations of artists that you should know about.

The Scream

This is a famous painting that was created by Edvard Munch. It shows a blood red sky and an agonized figure is the focus of the painting. In various media, the artist created a number of different versions of this painting. In 1893, the most popular version was created. Many versions of this work of art were stolen at some point, but thankfully recovered.

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Het meisje met de parel (Girl with a Pearl Earring)

Johannes Vermeer “Het meisje met de parel (Girl with a Pearl Earring)” circa 1665

This painting was created by Johannes Vermeer, an artist that is rather mysterious and there is not a lot of information about him. Whether this work was commissioned is not known and the year it was done also remains a mystery.

Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

Sandro Botticelli “The Birth of Venus”

This famous piece of art was created between 1485 and 1487 by artist Sandro Botticelli. This painting is of Aphrodite (in Greek mythology) or the goddess Venus. It shows her on a shell emerging from the sea, which is the story that the myth uses to describe her birth.

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Claude Monet “Water Lilies”

This is not a single painting, but a series of about 250 paintings that are all hung in museums throughout the world. The inspiration for this piece was the artist Claude Monet’s personal flower garden. In fact during the last three decades of this life, his garden is where he derived most of his artistic inspiration. This painting is one of the most famous of the Impressionist movement.

Guernica

This famous painting was created by Pablo Picasso. It was created to show the suffering that innocent civilians experience as a result of war. In mid-June of 1937, this painting was completed and it was inspired by the Guernica bombing that occurred during the Spanish Civil War.

Night Watch

Rembrandt

Rembrandt “Night Watch”

If you are a fan of the artist Rembrandt van Rijn, you are surely familiar with this painting. It depicts Captain Frans Banning Cocq and his lieutenant leading a city guard that is moving out. Up until the 1940s, this painting had a dark varnish that changed the way it was viewed. In the 1940s, the varnish was removed.

You can see that there are several famous paintings that were created by a variety of artists from Europe. You can look for paintings inspired by these at art auctions to help bolster both your art collection and your knowledge of art.

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