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List of Famous Paintings

Aparna Jadhav
If you like art and appreciate it in every form, then you are on the right page. This Story brings you a list of famous paintings, which includes works by legendary painters. Take a look and find your favorites among them.
Did You Know?

A painting by Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo? (When Will You Marry?) has been sold for $300m in February 2015, making it the most expensive painting ever sold.
Throughout history, the world has witnessed innumerable painters who have given us some extraordinary masterpieces to marvel at and understand. These works have also prompted experts and art-lovers alike to analyze the thought and motive behind these one-of-a-kind creations.
Though there have been numerous painters and paintings worth note ever since painting began to be considered as an art form, but very few of these well-known paintings are appreciated globally and are priced the highest because of their age.
In this Story, we have put up a list of some marvelous paintings by some equally marvelous painters to be displayed in the biggest art museums of the world. Thus, take a look at these, as you might have come across them in history lessons and movies as well!
The list contains some famous paintings by renowned painters like Pablo Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci, to name a few, and there are others which were made as one piece by other painters. This list also contains some of the most expensive (sold only in millions) paintings in the world because of the way they were made, by whom they were made, and when they were made. To find out these masterpieces, check out the list below.

Top 12 Famous Paintings

The paintings mentioned in this list are the best works of some very famous painters. After this list, there is another list mentioned with a few notable paintings of these painters mentioned individually, so take a look.
  • Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (Gustav Klim)
  • Woman III (Willem de Kooning)
  • Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci)
  • The Last Supper (Leonardo da Vinci)
  • The Old Guitarist (Picasso)
  • The Card Players (Paul Cezanne)
  • Au Lapin Agile (Pablo Picasso)
  • The Last Judgment (Michelangelo)
  • The Persistence of Memory (Dali)
  • Portrait of Dr. Gachet (Vincent van Gogh)
  • No. 5, 1948 (Jackson Pollock)
  • Nafea Faa Ipoipo? (When Will You Marry?) (Paul Gauguin)

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 ― 8 April 1973) was a painter born in Spain. He was the most popular painters of modern times. His most famous works include
  • Dora Maar au Chat
  • The Old Guitarist
  • Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
  • Guernica
  • Garcon a la Pipe
  • Seated Woman
  • Girl Before a Mirror
  • Portrait of Ambroise Vollard
  • Harlequin with a Glass
  • Musicians in Masks
  • Still Life with Steers Skull
  • The Weeping Woman
  • Torero
  • The Three Dancers
  • Sleeping Peasants
  • Lola, Picasso's Sister
  • The Bathers
  • Nude in an Armchair
  • Three Musicians
  • La Suppliante
  • Claude, Son of Picasso
  • Boy Leading a Horse


Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 - 18 February 1564) was an Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor. He was commonly known as Michelangelo by his well wishers.
  • The Fall from Grace
  • The Creation of the Heavenly Bodies
  • The Prophet Zachariah
  • The Creation of Man
  • The Flood
  • The Libyan Sibyl
  • The Entombment
  • The Last Judgment
  • The Last Judgment Detail Christ and Mary
  • The Conversion of Saul

Leonardo da Vinci

Commonly known as Leonardo da Vinci, his real name was Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 ― May 2, 1519). He was indeed one of the greatest men of the Renaissance time.
  • The Last Supper
  • Virgin of the Rocks
  • Vitruvian Man
  • Self-Portrait
  • The Virgin and Child with St. Anne
  • St John in the Wilderness
  • Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani
  • Portrait of a Woman
  • Bacchus
  • Annunciation
  • The Adoration of the Magi
  • Portrait of a Musician

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 - 29 July 1890) was known to be a Dutch painter. He was known to be a post-Impressionist painter.
  • The Red Vineyard
  • Irises
  • Sunflowers
  • Starry Night
  • Rest from Work
  • The Potato Eaters
  • Portrait of Doctor Gachet
  • Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear
  • Vincent's Bedroom in Arles
  • The Night Cafe in the Place Lamartine in Arles
  • Starry Night Over the Rhone

Claude Monet

Known as Oscar Claude Monet (14 November 1840 - 5 December 1926) by birth, this French painter was called Claude Monet, and had a very versatile pattern of painting.
  • The Seine at Rouen
  • Beach at Honfleur
  • A Windmill near Zaandam
  • The Beach at Etretat
  • The Grand Dock at Le Havre
  • Beach at Sainte-Adresse
  • Argenteuil
  • La Grenouillere
  • The Red Boats Argenteuil
  • Impression, Sunrise
This list of famous paintings gave the world many reasons to fall in love with painting as an art, as a form of expression. And because these paintings are the original versions, which are still kept in the museums, they are priceless!