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Photo Gallery of Famous Paintings by Famous Artists

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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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Night Watch -- famous painting by RembrandtNight Watch by Rembrandt Rabbit or hare by DurerHare by Albrecht Dürer Sistine ChapelSistine Chapel Ceiling Fresco by MichelangeloSistine Chapel Ceiling by MichelangeloSistine Chapel Ceiling: A Detail
Famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci"The Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci Notebook in the V&A Museum in LondonLeonardo da Vinci NotebookMonet sitting next to the waterlily pond in his garden at Giverny in FranceFamous Painters: Monet at GivernyClaude Monet’s signature on his 1904 Nympheas painting.Monet's Painting Signature
Famous paintings Impression Sunrise by Monet 1872Famous Paintings: Impression Sunrise by MonetFamous Paintings -- Monet series paintings -- haystacks, Art Institute ChicagoFamous Paintings: Haystacks Series by MonetFamous Paintings -- Monet Famous Paintings: Claude Monet "Water Lilies"Painting Signature of Famous Impressionist Artist Camille PissarroCamille Pissarro's Painting Signature

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