There is something mystical about viewing a brilliant work of art. Perhaps it’s the fact that a few different combinations of paint strokes, colors, and textures have the power to make you feel deep emotions.
Whether it be love, anger, sadness, or joy, those feelings come from the very depth of who you are. Another beautiful aspect of looking at art is that it doesn’t take much effort to simply enjoy. All you need to do is gaze at the masterpiece.
For as long as humans have been on earth, art has been an essential part of life. Some of the earliest pieces of art were images of bulls, bison, and horses painted on a cave wall almost 17 thousand years ago. Ever since then, art has continually evolved.
Some of the most brilliant works of art worth seeing in person range from the early Renaissance period to the modern 21st century.
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Liberty Leading the People
The Louvre Museum currently houses Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People. Delacroix is considered one of the best French Romantic artists during his time.
When he created Liberty Leading the People in 1830, he wanted to create a powerful symbol of France. The picture displays a woman raising a French flag in the middle of a battlefield. Many people believe she is a symbol of freedom.
Paris Street; Rainy Day
French artist Gustave Caillebotte does an amazing job portraying the effects of photography in his painting Paris Street; Rainy Day. He does this by slightly bulging in the center of the image to mirror how a camera would capture an image.
Caillebotte also gracefully depicts Paris as a modern city and the class differences between its residents. This photo-realistic painting can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Garden of Earthly Delights
There is an extreme amount of detail found within all three panels of The Garden of Earthly Delights. Each of the panels is interconnected and intended to be viewed from left to right.
Art critics believe the painting depicts a human’s experience from life to the afterlife. The masterpiece is currently being housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
Some art critics argue that Grant Wood’s paintings of the Midwest mock the people living in that region. Others believe he is accurately portraying the lives of the individuals who dedicated their time and very lives to the land.
American Gothic is perhaps one of Wood’s most famous pieces because it is considered a primary example of American Regionalism.
Outside the United States, the picture has been displayed at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
George Seurat, a French painter, painted millions of dots to create A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte in 1884. The magnitude of those millions of tiny dots and rich colors come together to make a powerful optical effect for the viewer.
The 6’10” x 10’1” sized painting of fashion-savvy Parisians enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago.