Parisienne  © Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies


One of the highest honors for an artist is to be considered and regarded a master. Artists desire to create artwork that will be remembered forever. The following are some of the most famous paintings of all time, easily recognized by people from all around the world.

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Nationalmuseum in Stockholm

Adele Bloch-Bauer


The 19th century painting by Renoir

One of Seurat’s most famous works

Famous work of Vincent van Gogh

Stolen Art

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a 1907 painting by Gustav Klimt. According to press reports it was sold for US$135 million to Ronald Lauder for his Neue Galerie in New York City in June 2006, which made it at that time the most expensive painting for about 4 months.[24] It has been on display at the gallery since July 2006. Klimt took three years to complete the painting. It measures 100 x 80 cm and is made of oil and gold on canvas, showing elaborate and complex ornamentation as seen in the Jugendstil style. Klimt was a member of the Vienna Secession, a group of artists that broke away from the traditional way of painting. Adele Bloch-Bauer, in her will, asked her husband to donate the Klimt paintings to the Austrian State Gallery upon his death.[25] She died in 1925 from meningitis. When the Nazis took over Austria, her widowed husband had to flee to Switzerland. His property, including the Klimt paintings, was confiscated. In his 1945 testament, Bloch-Bauer designated his nephew and nieces, including Maria Altmann, as the inheritors of his estate.[26]

One of van Gogh’s paintings of Arles at a riverbank not far from the Yellow House he was residing at the time. The night scenery, lighting, and stars provided subjects for his more famous paintings, such as The Starry Night.

The School of Athens (or Scuola di Atene in Italian) was one of Raphael’s commissions in the Stanze di Raffaello in the Vatican. The School of Athens is considered Raphael’s master artwork and is considered the perfect example of High Renaissance art.