10. Da Vinci – Last Supper
For all the fervor it garnered in the Da Vinci code, this painting remains a mysterious classic.
9. Vincent Van Gogh –Sunflowers
I know most would choose starry night, but there is just something about these sunflowers that just sets my mind afire with the texture of the plants. (sunflowers are also one of my favorite flowers)
8. Pablo Picasso –Blue Guitarist
In his blue period, you can actually make out forms. This forlorn, lean guitarist graced my bedroom wall through college.
7, Henry Tanner- Banjo Lesson
This simple bold piece is riveting and full of emotions of daily African American life
6. James McNeil Whistler’s Mother
This is a good portrait of everyday puritan life. I love the picture within the picture.
5. George Seurat A Sunday on Grande Jatte
The pinnacle piece for pointillism this thing is massive in real life at the Chicago Art Institute and is absolutely mind blowing
4.Cezzane The House Behind the Trees on the Road to Thonolet
The Impressionistic scene created is pure and simple nature. It reminds me of a Robert Frost poem.
3. Grant Wood American Gothic
Also known as “The Farmer and His Wife” this iconic piece is present in pop culture from the Rocky Horror Picture Show to the Simpsons.
2, Edvard Munch The Scream Edvard Munch
This classic image is actually a lithograph not a painting but few know that and so I am including this eerie piece on the list its as chilling as it is moving.
1. Jacob Lawrence Parade
He is a lesser known artist of the Harlem Renaissance but his bold use of shape and color is breathtaking. He also produces pieces about African American life in the city.