Art is nothing but a story without words. There is a creative process that an artist goes through before the creation of every painting. Every intentional and unintentional brushstroke makes an impact on how the painting comes off. There are so many interesting paintings out there which have an origin story as interesting as the art itself. Here are 10 such great artworks:
- ‘Portrait of Dr Gachet’ by Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most renowned artists around the world. He has created about 2100 masterpieces. The ‘Portrait of Dr Gachet’ is one of them. After the artist was released from the asylum, he was still kept under supervision under Dr Gachet. This doctor was a fan of the artist’s work. Van Gogh was initially apprehensive of the doctor as he seemed very sick. Within a couple of days, he found a friend in the doctor and referred to him as ‘another brother’. This was just the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Van Gogh as a tribute to this new friendship painted two Portraits of Dr. Gachet. He gave Dr Gachet a woeful expression and though the painting would bring a grimace to anyone who set eyes on it. This painting today is one of the most famous paintings of all time.
- ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch
‘The scream’ is one of the most expensive paintings of all time. This painting has the capacity to attract people of all kind. It allows the person to experience a plethora of emotions all at once.
The story behind this eye-catcher was that one evening, while the artist was walking through the city roads he stopped for a second and looked at the sky. Staring back was a setting sun and the clouds appeared to be blood. The faint creaking sound from the city coupled with this imagery gave him the illusion of nature screaming. Thus, the painting was born. Four versions of the painting exist with a couple of them at world-famous art galleries and the others as a part of someone’s private art collection.
- ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo Da Vinci
You don’t need to be an art lover to know this painting. The lady with the mysterious smile, Mona Lisa. This celebrated painting by Leonardo Da Vinci almost seems out of the world because of its drawing features. Da Vinci himself came out about the origin of this wonderful work of art. The subject of the art is said to be Lisa del Giocondo who was the wife of a wealthy businessman during the time.
Da Vinci is said to have created the painting when Lisa and her husband moved to their new home to have their second child.
However, this theory does not wholly satisfy everybody. Some conspiracy theories even point towards Learnado as being the subject of the artwork. The truth behind the painting like the mysterious smile will always remain enigmatic. The painting is currently on display at Louvre, Paris.
- ‘Last Supper’ by Leanardo Da Vinci
This is another wordless creation of Da Vinci. It is popular for picturisation of the characters and the quality of the art. This mural painting can be seen on the walls of the Convent of Santa Maria Della Grazie in Milan. ‘The Last Supper’ is said to have been completed by the year 1498 as a part of the renovation of the old church and convent. This was painted on the request of the Duke of Milan.
The painting shows the stress and dismay amongst the disciples of Jesus when he predicts him being betrayed by one of the disciples. The art is considered extremely important in the context of Christian history and world art history. The large mural measures a whopping 180×360 inches.
- ‘The Night Watch’ by Rembrandt
Rembrandt is considered one of the best artists in the world. He has created numerous masterpiece, many of which remain a cause of wonder to many artists around the world. ‘The Night Watch’ is one of those head-scratchers. The painting was completed in the year 1642. The characters depicted are Captain Frans Banning Cocq and the rest of his company, marching out. Rembrandt was paid a heavy sum to create this painting.
There are a total of 34 characters in the painting to which Rembrandt added a drummer, for no extra cost. The army, during that time, had a fondness of creating paintings of their march and ‘The Night Watch’ is a part of that same fad which includes a series of paintings that have been created by different artists. Today, the painting is on display at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
- ‘Guernica’ by Pablo Picasso
Any conversation about art has to take a detour to Picasso. His contribution to the cubist art movement is not something the world and art enthusiasts can ignore. ‘Guernica’ is one of the best works of art from this Spanish legend. In 1937, German and Italian warplanes were bombing the city of Guernica, killing many innocent lives. The Government requested Picasso to create imagery that depicted the suffering of people in relation to the bombings. The painting was later shown at the World’s art Fair happening in Paris. Picasso beautifully captures the sufferings of humans, animals and birds due to the heavy bombing. The painting can be seen at The Sofia museum, Spain.
- ‘The Starry Night’ Story
This is one of the best works of Vincent Van Gogh. This bright and loud painting was finished in the year 1889. This painting was done when during his time at the sanitarium.
It was inspired by the view outside the window during the nighttime. The beautiful sight made him want to create this masterpiece. However, the painting was done during the daytime. The artists never accepted that the painting was genius and was unhappy with its outcome.
- ‘Sistine Madonna’ by Raphael
Most works of this artist are known to be very simple and aesthetic. Sistine Madonna was just that same kind of beauty. This is one of the last in the series of Madonnas painted by Raphael. The painting shows a motherly Madonna holding baby Jesus, with Saint Sixtus and Saint Barbara standing on either side.
The artwork was commissioned by Pope Julius II in the year 1512. Both the Saints were included in the painting as a result of a request from the Rovere family. Stories say that the famous Italian artist Correggio was so moved by the painting that he broke down when he saw it.
- ‘Whistler’s Mother’ by James McNeill Whistler
James Whistler was an American born artist, who grew up in London. ‘Whistler’s Mother’ is one of the most famous works by the artist. There are numerous stories surrounding the painting but no one is sure. The most popular theory is that a model was supposed to be present at the studio and could not make it. The artist’s mother gracefully agreed to take the place of the model. The painting has won many accolades and awards. Today, it is on display at Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
- Nude Maja by Francisco Goya
This reclining nude created by Francisco Goya is regarded as one of the sexiest paintings of all time. The name of this painting, Maja Desnuda roughly translates from Spanish to ‘the nude mistress’. The painting shows a disconnect between the head and the body of the lady it is believed that the face was painted individually to conceal the identity of the muse. There are many speculations regarding the actual identity of the subject. Many believe it was Pepita Tudo, the mistress of Spain’s Prime Minister, Manuel de Godoy. Others think it is Maria del Pilar who was a gorgeous Duchess of Alba and the wife of wealthiest noble of Spain and who was rumoured to be Goya’s lover.