Everyone has their own ideas of what art should and shouldn’t look like. For many, art can be anything that inspires emotion or deep thought. And while this is certainly true about art today, there are artworks from famous painters and sculptors that are unanimously considered to be true art.
One of these famous painters considered to be a true artist is Vincent Van Gogh. With his unique style, he was able to create paintings that are known for their bold colors and rough beauty. His work is said to evoke emotional honesty in anyone who views them. A true genius with a great passion for art, Van Gogh was able to create 2,100 artworks in just over a decade. His work was mainly focused on portraits, landscapes, flowers, cypresses, and wheat fields. Van Gogh’s best known paintings include his self-portraits, Sunflowers, and Wheatfield with Crows. Although he has achieved worldwide fame for his art today, he was not well-known during his lifetime and fewer still knew and appreciated his art. Van Gogh died at the age of 37 and was believed to have committed suicide. His tragedy has also contributed to his fame.
Another great artist that has had a profound effect on all of us is Auguste Rodin, a French sculptor. Rodin, believed by many to be the father of modern sculpture, is most famous for his work The Thinker Statue. This statue depicts a man who is soberly meditating about a powerful inner struggle within himself. The Thinker was originally named The Poet after Dante as the statue was commissioned to be a part of The Gates of Hell, a sculptural group depicting Dante’s Inferno for the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. The statue has become one of the most famous sculptures worldwide and is now considered by many to symbolize philosophy. The statue has been replicated numerous times and exhibited around the world. Its fame has also increased because of its influence in pop culture, often being referenced and/or parodied in commercials, movies, and TV shows including cartoons.
Of course, one can never fail to mention Leonardo Da Vinci when one discusses the most famous painters and sculptors of all time. Known as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, Leonardo was a talented painter, sculptor, mathematician, and inventor. His most famous works include the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and the Vitruvian Man which has become a cultural icon. Leonardo is also known to have made sculptures although they are not as famous as his other works. His sculpture of a horse, which many of us may be familiar with, was commissioned by the Duke of Milan. While it took him a couple of years to finish, Leonardo was eventually able to make a clay model towering 24 feet. The statue was set to be cast in bronze but because of political instability during that time period, it was put on hold. Unfortunately, Leonardo was never able to finish the statue as it was used for target practice by the French archers.