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IN History & Culture ON 31 May, 2015
The appealing world of art inspires, encourages and stimulates the creativity. It is important to express oneself and artwork is an amazing way to execute the thoughts, sentiments and emotions.
There are many veteran artists or painters who have shown their charismatic creations on canvas pleasing uncountable hearts. Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo Da Vinci etc. are the names that are written with golden letters in human history.
The incredible creativities of eminent artists are kept on sales at auctions. Art lovers are ready to spend a prodigious amount of money to own such paintings. Many priceless paintings like these, are displayed at museums, they are rarely sold. Here are some of the most loved and worthy paintings among many. You will wonder to see the amount spent on them.
The most expensive painting ever, Mona Lisa by the Italian artist, Leonardo Da Vinci is valued at $760 million. Mona Lisa is the best known and the most visited artwork in the world. Sources say the sketch was created between 1503 and 1506. Several assumptions are made about the reality of Mona Lisa. It is said that the art is a sketch of Lisa Gherardini who was the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. Since 1797, the painting is displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Eminent artist Pablo Picasso featured his mistress on the canvas in 1932. Art collectors of Los Angeles sold the masterpiece at auction for US$106.5 million. Currently, the painting is kept at Tate Modern in London.
One of the most impressive paintings ever ''When Will You Marry?'' is an artwork created by Paul Gauguin in 1982. The state of Qatar bought this painting for a whooping $300 million in February 2015. The painting is now exhibited at Beyeler Foundation in Switzerland till 28 June, 2015.
French artist Paul Cézanne sketched The Card Players in 1892/93 which is a series of oil paintings. The state of Qatar bought one version of the series among five in April 2011 spending around $259 million. Critics say that the painting depicts human still life.
French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir created this painting in 1876. The masterpiece portrays the celebration of Parisians during 19th century who were fond of drinking, dancing and eating. Ryoei Saito owned this painting on May 17, 1990 in New York for $78.1 million.
Garçon à la pipe i.e. Boy with a Pipe is one of the most popular sketches by Pablo Picasso. Picasso painted the boy in 1905 when he was 24. This artwork was sold on May 4, 2004 in New York for $104.2 million.
Salvator Mundi is a posture of Jesus Christ painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1506 and 1513. Russian collector Dmitry Rybolovlev owned the painting in May 2013 for $127.5 million.
The painting by Edvard Munch portrays the scream of nature. The artwork is also called "an icon of modern art''. The version of ''The Scream'' was stolen in 1994 from Norway's National Art Gallery but was recovered after two months. Again it was stolen from the Munch Museum in 2004 and recovered after two years. In 2012, the painting was sold at $119.9 million.
Adele was a close friend of Gustav Klimt and wife of a wealthy industrialist Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. Gustav painted her two times and the second one was painted in 1912 came to be well famous all over the world. The portrait was sold on November 2006 for $87.9 million.
Peter Paul Rubens in this painting depicts the infanticide by Herod, the king of Jews. Kenneth Thomson in 2002 bought the painting for $76.7 million.
American artist Thomas Eakins created The Gross Clinic in 1875. The painting is about Dr Samuel D. Gross who lectures a group of medical students operating a patient. The paint has a big importance in the history of medicine as it honors the emergence of surgery to save one's life. In 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art owned the painting for $68 million.
Between 1556–1559, Titian painted the myth of Diana and Actaeon. According to the story, Actaeon, a young hunter encounters with Diana, Goddess of the hunter who is enjoying the spring bath with her nymphs. The illustration is worth $71.7 million and is displayed in Scotland for five years. After Scotland, London will own it for next five years.
Pontormo created the Portrait of a Halberdier in 1537. The painting is displayed at Getty Museum in California. The art piece was owned for $35.2 million.
In 1881, Édouard Manet depicted actress Jeanne Demarsy in a floral costume. In 2004, Getty Museum owned the painting for $65.1 million.
Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh framed a pair of paintings in 1888 in which the autumn season of Alyscamps, France is portrayed. One of the pieces was sold in 2003 for $11 million while another one sold on 5th May 2015 for $66.3 million.