Are you planning to go to MoMA. Then, you need to see these ten masterpieces: The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (1889); Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Picasso (1907); The Sleeping Gypsy by Henry Rousseau (1897); Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein (1963); The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali (1931); Campbell’s Soup Cans by Warhol (1962); Water Lilies by Claude Monet (1914-26); Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair by Frida Kahlo (1940); Flag by Jasper Johns (1954-55); And One: Number 31 by Jackson Pollock (1950).
The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (1889) is one of the most well-known images in our culture from Don McLean’s song ‘Vincent’ (Starry, Starry Night) to the endless number of merchandise products sporting this image.
The Young Ladies of Avignon by Picasso (1907) is the example of the way in which the use of geometric forms and planes in African masks helped to inspire the rise of cubism. An icon!
The Sleeping Gypsy by Henry Rousseau (1897). Rousseau described the subject of The Sleeping Gypsy thus: “A wandering Negress, a mandolin player, lies with her jar beside her (a vase with drinking water), overcome by fatigue in a deep sleep. A lion chances to pass by, picks up her scent yet does not devour her. There is a moonlight effect, very poetic.”
Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein (1963). Lichtenstein based many of his early paintings on imagery he found in comic books. This is one of the most tragic and beautiful.
The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali (1931). Remember that Salvador Dali is one of the most enigmatic artists of the twentieth century!
Campbell’s Soup Cans by Warhol (1962). Reflecting on his career, Warhol claimed that the Campbell’s Soup Can was his favourite work and that, “I should have just done the Campbell’s Soups and kept on doing them … because everybody only does one painting anyway.”
Water Lilies by Claude Monet (1914-26). They depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts.
Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair by Frida Kahlo (1940). Right after Frida Kahlo divorced with Diego Rivera, she painted this self-portrait. She doesn’t wear feminine dresses, and she has cut her long hair.
Flag by Jasper Johns (1954-55). This painting was the first of many works that Jasper Johns has said were inspired by a dream of the U.S. flag in 1954. It is arguably the painting for which this American artist is best known.
One: Number 31 by Jackson Pollock (1950) is a masterpiece of the “drip” technique and among the largest of Pollock’s paintings.
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!
Video: Diagram of an artist: Roy Lichtenstein.