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#10. "The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh
One of history's most recognizable artworks, van Gogh's "Starry Night" is a classic painting that invokes emotions from the serenity of the church steeple to the liberated application of vibrant colors throughout late night sky. Imagine the movement of the painter as he twists and turns his brush to create the dance between the stars and the clouds hanging above the calm, peaceful village. The artist's restless spirit and depressive mental state fired his artistic work with great joy and, sadly, equally great despair.
#9. "The Artist's Garden at Giverny" by Claude Monet
Completed in 1900, this piece is one of many the artist made depicting the lush gardens he installed at his Giverny estate. Known as the father of Impressionism, some of his most beloved work stems from his practice of revisiting a subject time and time again; capturing the ephemeral qualities of light and atmosphere.
#8. "Discarded Roses" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Another French Impressionist, Renoir brings enchantment in the form of a beautiful spray of roses that have been sadly forsaken. The sumptuous color palette and graceful organic lines combine to form a subtly symmetrical composition. A tender meditation on nature, romance, and the passage of time, it's no wonder this painting is still a hit after so many years.
#7. "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt, master of the Vienna Secession movement, painted "The Kiss" in 1907. The shimmering masterwork depicts a couple surrounded by a gold blanket and ornaments sharing a moment of shear passion - the perfect kiss. The identity of the people depicted in this oil painting is not exactly clear; some suggest that it is Klimt himself and his beloved partner, Emilie Floge. One of the most innovative and controversial artists of his time, Klimt's mature style combines richly decorative surface patterning with complex symbolism and allegory - often with overtly erotic content.
#6. "Apple Tree I" by Gustav Klimt
Painted over 100 years ago, this piece is exemplary of the freedom Klimt found in landscape work. Unconstrained by the vanity and commercial implications of portraiture, many of his landscapes presage more contemporary abstraction while preserving his richly textured mosaic-like style.
#5. "Poppy Field in Argenteuil" by Claude Monet
Originally painted in 1873, Claude Monet's Poppy Field in Argenteuil is a landmark in the Frenchman's career. Monet lived in Argenteuil from 1871 to 1878, as he found the ideal landscapes to explore and refine his outdoor painting technique. He strikes a colorful rhythm with a sprinkling of poppies amidst the surrounding fields and two pairs of figures marking the diagonal plane; Monet depicts a radiant atmosphere while moving the artistic needle even farther from traditional standards.
#4. "Café Terrace at Night" by Vincent van Gogh
This painting (also known as "The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum") was created in Arles, France at a local coffee house in 1888. It's the first painting in which van Gogh started to use backgrounds filled with stars in his work, predating both "The Starry Night" and "Starry Night Over the Rhone." It's bright bold tones and dynamic setting put you in the middle of 19th century nightlife.
#3. "Corner of the Garden at Montgeron" by Claude Monet
This layered composition forgoes precise detail for a really immersive sense of place. Try starting your gaze in the left of the foreground and zig-zagging clear back into the picture, all the way to the horizon. Monet takes the viewer on a journey past carefully tended flowers, over the shaded pond, through the trees, and off into the haze of the skyline. Each area is another glimpse of nature with a unique beauty and ambience.
#2. "Garden Path at Giverny" by Claude Monet
Much like his series of "Water Lilies", Monet revisited other places in nature repeatedly in his later years. Here his garden is in full bloom, with bunches of lush blossoms enveloping the path in raucous color. Their vibrant tones make a striking contrast to the shade from the hanging branches. One can almost feel the cool breeze carrying their sweet scent.
#1. "Large Vase of Flowers" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
This year's most popular artwork, as chosen by our global community of art-lovers and decorators, is by none other than Renoir. Notice the diagonal line on the tabletop which helps give this piece it's 3D perspective, almost like looking into a window. It leads inward to a backdrop glowing with tones reminiscent of fine wood and caramel. Filling the space between is a bouquet so varied and vivacious that it nearly spills off the canvas, weighted down by plump blossoms. Somehow both soothing and energetic, it's no wonder this gorgeous painting landed 2016's top spot.