Wichita, Kansas – December 22, 2021 – As 2021 comes to a close, overstockArt.com – an oil painting reproduction giant – has compiled a list of the 10 Most Popular Paintings of the Year as chosen by the platform’s online customer base.
Though the originals were created over a period of more than 400 years, they share key themes that continue to appeal to art lovers today: the power and beauty of nature, and the exploration of love and relationships.
The artists in the Top Ten hail mainly from mainland Europe, with iconic French, Dutch, Austrian, Russian and Italian painters joined by John William Waterhouse from Britain, and Harry Roseland from the United States. The most recent painting (Composition VII by Kandinsky) was created in 1913, and the oldest (The Last Supper) dates back to 1498.
Discarded Roses by impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir was the most popular painting of 2021, and is an exceptional example of the artist’s excellence in still life. Famously quoted as saying he found painting flowers to be a form of relaxation, this particular subject allowed Renoir to experiment with color, and express a love of nature that continues to be shared today.
The Top 10 also includes the only seascape ever painted by Rembrandt, the final painting of Klimt’s Gold Period, and Vincent Van Gogh is the only artist with two pieces on the top 10, one of which he painted while a patient in a mental asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (Starry Night).
Top 10 Most Popular Paintings for 2021
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1875) – Discarded Roses
Vincent Van Gogh (1889) – Starry Night
Vincent Van Gogh (1888) – Cafe Terrace at Night
Rembrandt (1633) – The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Claude Monet (1877) – Corner of the Garden at Montgeron
Gustav Klimt (1907) – The Kiss
Harry Roseland (1904) – To the Highest Bidder
Wassily Kandinsky (1913) – Composition VII, 1913
Leonardo Da Vinci (1498) – The Last Supper
John William Waterhouse (1888) – The Lady of Shalott
VP of eCommerce for overstockArt.com, Amitai Sasson, said consumers’ emotional connection with the paintings shows that despite technological advances and modernization, being enchanted by art is part of the human condition.
“Each of these artists explored the world around them in their brushstrokes, from the peace and quiet of a café terrace at dusk to the terror in the eyes of a mother as her daughter is auctioned as a slave. The scenarios are complete opposites, and taken from different periods in history, but art finds a commonality that we can all relate to,” Mr. Sasson said.
overstockArt.com’s exceptional reproductions of these iconic paintings can be purchased online, along with other exceptional wall décor items including the recently launched line of ornamental mother-of-pearl mirrors.
Founded in 2002, overstockArt.com is one the web’s leading distributors of high-quality wall art.
The online retailer’s goal is to make it easy and affordable for people to transform their space with high-end wall art. Recognized as a premiere shopping destination for hand painted fine art reproductions, overstockArt.com has expanded its offerings to include original canvas art prints, glass ornaments, ceramic tiles, and specialty mirrors.
The company also owns and operates Artist Become (ArtistBe.com), the online community for contemporary artists from around the world.
Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, the retailer was named in Inc. Magazine’s 2010, 2011 and 2012 Inc. 5000 lists, Internet Retailer magazine’s 2012, 2014 Hot 100 list, and was recognized with the STELLAService Seal for Elite customer service.
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