Top 10 Inspirational Artworks

Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge, Monet

Artwork Top 10 Most Inspirational Paintings

This is a list of the top ten most Inspirational artworks. These inspirational paintings are some of the most famous.

Tower of Babel

Pieter Brueghel the Elder

Tower of Babel

Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel is the subject of three oil paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The first, a miniature painted on ivory, was painted while Bruegel was in Rome and is now lost. The two surviving paintings depict the construction of the Tower of Babel, which according to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, was a tower built by a unified, monolingual humanity as a mark of their achievement and to prevent them from scattering: “Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.'” -Genesis 11:4. The person in the foreground is likely Nimrod, who was said to have ordered the construction of the Tower.

The Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh

The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh

The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh

The Starry Night is an oil on canvas by post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June, 1889, it depicts the view – with the notable addition of an idealized village – from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise. The Starry Night has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. It is Van Gogh’s best-known painting and one of the most recognized monuments in the history of Western culture.



The Nightwatch

Rembrandt

The Nightwatch by Rembrandt

The Nightwatch by Rembrandt

Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, also known as The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, but commonly referred to as The Night Watch – in Dutch: De Nachtwacht, is a 1642 painting by Rembrandt van Rijn.

The painting may be more properly titled by its long since forgotten name The Company of captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch preparing to march out. In the 18th century the painting became known as the Night Watch. It is prominently displayed in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as the best known painting in its collection. The Night Watch is one of the most famous paintings in the world.

The Scream

Edvard Munch

The Scream, Edvard Munch

The Scream, Edvard Munch

The Scream is the popular name given to each of four versions of a composition, created as both paintings and pastels, by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. Der Schrei der Natur -The Scream of Nature- is the title Munch gave to these works, all of which show a figure with an agonized expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky. Arthur Lubow has described The Scream as “an icon of modern art, a Mona Lisa for our time.”

Edvard Munch created the four versions in various media. The National Gallery, Oslo, holds one of two painted versions. The Munch Museum holds the other painted version and a pastel version from 1893. These three versions have not traveled for years.

The fourth version was sold for $119,922,600 at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction on May, 2 2012 to financier Leon Black, the second highest nominal price paid for a painting at auction.

The Ninth Wave

Ivan Aivazovsky

The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazovsky

The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazovsky

The Ninth Wave is the best known painting by Russian Armenian marine painter Ivan Aivazovsky painted in 1850. It depicts a sea after a night storm and people facing death attempting to save themselves by clinging to debris from a wrecked ship. The painting has warm tones in which the sea appears to be not so menacing and giving a chance for the people to survive. This painting is often called “the most beautiful painting in Russia“.

Liberty Leading the People

Eugene Delacroix

Liberty Leading the People, by Eugene Delacroix

Liberty Leading the People, by Eugene Delacroix

Liberty Leading the People In French: La Liberté guidant le people – is a painting by Eugene Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France. A woman personifying the concept and the goddess of Liberty leads the people forward over the bodies of the fallen, holding the flag of the French Revolution – the tricolor flag which is still France’s flag today – in one hand and brandishing a bayonetted musket with the other. The figure of Liberty is also viewed as a symbol of France and the French Republic known as Marianne.

Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge

Claude Monet

Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge, Monet

Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge, Monet

Water Lilies and the Japanese bridge, 1897–99, Princeton University Art Museum.

In 1883 Monet moved to Giverny where he lived until his death. There, on the grounds of his property, he created a water garden ‘for the purpose of cultivating aquatic plants’, over which he built an arched bridge in the Japanese style. In 1899, once the garden had matured, the painter undertook 17 views of the motif under differing light conditions. Surrounded by luxuriant foliage, the bridge is seen here from the pond itself, among an artful arrangement of reeds and willow leaves.



Two Sisters or On the Terrace

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Two Sisters, by Pierre Auguste Renoir

Two Sisters, by Pierre Auguste Renoir

Two Sisters or On the Terrace is an 1881 oil-on-canvas painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The title Two Sisters in French: Les Deux Sœurs- was given to the painting by Renoir, and the title On the Terrace in French: Sur la terrasse- by its first owner Paul Durand-Ruel.

Renoir worked on the painting on the terrace of the Maison Fournaise, a restaurant located on an island in the Seine in Chatou, the western suburb of Paris. The painting depicts a young woman and her younger sister seated outdoors with a small basket containing balls of wool. Over the railings of the terrace one can see shrubbery and foliage with the River Seine behind it.

The Hay Wain

John Constable

The Hay Wain, by John Constable

The Hay Wain, by John Constable

The Hay Wain is a painting by John Constable, finished in 1821, which depicts a rural scene on the River Stour between the English counties of Suffolk and Essex. It hangs in the National Gallery in London and is regarded as “Constable’s most famous image” and one of the greatest and most popular English paintings.

Painted in oils on canvas, the work depicts as its central feature three horses pulling a hay wain or large farm cart across the river. Willy Lott’s Cottage, also the subject of an eponymous painting by Constable, is visible on the far left. The scene takes place near Flatford Mill in Suffolk, though since the Stour forms the border of two counties, the left bank is in Suffolk and the landscape on the right bank is in Essex.

The Hay Wain is one of a series of paintings by Constable called the “six-footers”, large-scale canvasses which he painted for the annual summer exhibitions at the Royal Academy.