Quiz a room filled with art analysts on whom they deem to be the greatest artist ever, and you’re sure to get tons of varying responses. Why? There isn’t a set standard used to measure the best sculptor or painter: fine art is hugely subjective. Additionally, the stature of an artist varies according to the prevailing fashion. Mattias Grunefield, the German Renaissance painter, rose to fame at the onset of the 20th century as a result of being “rediscovered” by German expressionists.
Picasso is synonymous with contemporary art, is one of the most celebrated artists of all-time. Born in Malaga, Spain, Picasso designed a famous oil painting which was first unveiled in 1916. His work set the pace for the revolutionary departure from traditional painting towards Cubist movement and modern art. Through the art piece, the tempo for the 20th-century artists was set. Museum of Modern Art, New York acquired the painting.
In reality, Warhol didn’t conceive Pop Art; instead, his popularity resulted from drawing style from art and taking it to the worlds of fashion and celebrity. Warhol commercialized artistry and introduced advertising in fine arts.
Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh is fabled for his mental instability condition. After all, he chopped part of his ear following an argument with painter Paul Gauguin. However, Van Gogh painting rank among the most famous and celebrated of all-time. Van Gogh’s painting “The Starry Night” influenced a hit by McLean. His style of painting with whirls of chunky brushstrokes comprising of bright colours straight from the tube influenced ensuing generations of artists.
A Painter, a sculptor, poet and architect, Michelangelo was a quadruple threat. Even though he bounced between Venice, Bologna and Florence his best commissions were made for the Medici Popes in Rome. Among his works were the Sistine Ceiling, the David and Pieta, the St. Peter’s Basilica, and a catacomb for Pope Julian II.
Matisse’s sensual pleasure of colour was unrivalled. His work based on meandering curves entrenched in the traditions of figurative art. Henri’s focused on the captivating thrills of colour and shade. Henri was quoted having said that he wasn’t revolutionary by principle. He added that he dreamt of an art of balance, purity, and calmness, free of depressing subject matter.
Pollock cemented his reputation as one of the greats between 1947 and 1950 after production of the drip abstractions. Despite battling alcoholism and low on self-esteem, he didn’t allow his weaknesses to hamper his work of art. Pollock painted straight from the can, casting and squirting thin knots of pigment that left a solid record of his activities – a technique that was later dubbed action painting.
The Dutchman is responsible for art pieces such as The Night Watch and Doctor Nicolaes Tulp’s Demonstrations of the Anatomy of the Arm. Rated among the most celebrated artists ever, Rembrandt’s unique ability stirs emotions by his exceptional way of playing around with facial expressions and fall of light was a delight.