The World’s Famous Paintings and Their brief history are written below.
The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
The painting’s fame started when it was stolen from the Louvre, but was recovered two years later by Italian police. It has inspired numerous popular culture works including music (popular songs like “Creep” and “Love Is Like Oxygen”) and television shows (the animated series The Simpsons).
The Scream by Edvard Munch
The Scream by Edvard Munch is an oil painting that features a man holding his head with both hands in desperation maybe because of the anxiety or fear caused due to the unknown presence behind him. It measures 47 1/4 inches x 33 3/8 inches when complete. The background colour for this painting is yellow which makes the figure look much more prominent in contrast to its surroundings. This work has inspired several artworks and even an album. The painting was first bought by a Norwegian businessman named Petter Olsen who was also the grandfather of Munch’s best friend, and after Olsen died it was passed on to his son. However, during World War II this painting was stolen and its whereabouts remained unknown until 1996 when it resurfaced in an auction house.
Priceless paintings are often restricted from being transported for exhibition for insurance reasons, so Munch created six replicas made by Norwegian artist Peter Rostrup-Sonne which are displayed at various museums around the world including Germany’s Kunsthalle Hamburg, Paris’ Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou and Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Le Rêve by Pablo Picasso
Le Rêve by Pablo Picasso is a painting that was created in 1932 and it remained in the private collection of the seller until this work was bought from an art dealer named Paul Rosenberg by Steve Wynn for $150 million our money when it had been appraised at just $48 million back in 2006. This painting has also inspired several other paintings like Andy Warhol’s 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, and there’s even a song called “Rêve” by rapper French Montana which features samples of the original song performed by Nina Simone. The size of Le Rêve is approximately 73 3/4 inches x 63 1/2 inches. There are two versions of this painting; one with a black cat and one without the cat present.
The Field by Claude Monet
Paysage Bords de Seine or commonly known as The Field by Claude Monet is another famous painting that features a river scenery that captures its beauty from a different perspective compared to that of traditional landscape paintings. Monet painted this work in 1890 and it measures approximately 14 1/2 inches x 19 3/4 inches when complete. It was sold for $80 million during an auction in New York at Christie’s on November 8, 1988, but later suffered damage during a burglary in 2005. A thief stole the original before returning a copy worth half the price stole after six years.