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Incredible Collection of Large Large Paintings on Canvas of All Times and Styles

26.11.2021
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Great art is not measurable in length or breadth. From giant sculptures to miniature paintings, artists have created sivo masterpieces, experimenting with scale at all times. This trend is noticeable in all kinds and genres, but it is in painting that it has the most significant role.

Today we want to show you the most famous large-scale artworks, which are famous not only for their content and history, but also for their dimensions.

Top 10 Most Famous Huge Paintings: From the Ages to the Present

“Guernica” by Pablo Picasso

Guernica

In 1937 Picasso painted “Guernica,” his black and white painting illustrating the devastating aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. It depicts several figures-a grieving mother, a wounded horse, and a looming bull, among which the effects of the horrific bombing of Nazi and Fascist warplanes are most visible.

Although the symbolism of the large painting is perceived differently by viewers, absolutely everyone considers it an anti-war work of art. This suggests that the size of 11′ 6″ x 25′ 6″ is consistent with the muralist and in the author’s conception.

“The Night Watch” by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

The Night Watch

The work of one of the most famous artists of the time, consists of an entire collection of stunning great big canvas paintings, prints and drawings. Nevertheless, it is the painting ” Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq,” which is better known as “The Night Watch,” that remains his most significant work of large scale art today.

This masterpiece reaches an incredibly large size of 11′ 11″ x 14′ 4″. It depicts the militia, which is depicted in Rembrandt’s signature style of light characteristics and the large size of the work.

“The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli

The Birth of Venus

The great big canvas art “Birth of Venus” was painted between 1482–1485. It is one of the most famous and significant works of the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. This monumental, mythological and one of the biggest paintings in the world depicts Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, taking her steps from the seashell to dry land with her hair comb.

In addition to its magical subject matter and iconographic design, which is unconventional for Renaissance creators, the painting is known for its vibrant color palette, subtlety of detail, and of course, its scale: 5′ 8″ x 9′ 2″. It is truly amazing and utterly perfect!

“The Water Lilies Series” by Claude Monet

The Water Lilies Series

The extraordinary Impressionist activist Claude Monet lived in Giverny, a commune in northern France from birth until his death. For 43 years surrounded by the beauty of his Japanese-style gardens, Monet often depicted water lilies in his large canvas paintings.

Of the roughly 250 creations he painted, the most famous and largest exhibits are in the Musée d’Orangerie in Paris. If you put long canvas paintings all together and put them side by side, the canvases in this floral collection are up to 300 feet long!

“Liberty Leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix

Liberty Leading the People

French artist Eugène Delacroix painted Liberty Leading the People in 1830. He was inspired by the events of the Second French Revolution. Therefore, Delacroix painted the painting to commemorate the overthrow of the king.

His energetic 8′ 6″ x 10′ 8″ large pieces of art feature iconography and symbolic motifs that make a loud statement to viewers. He began grand scale art on a contemporary subject, which was a scene at the barricades. The author may not have fought for his country, but at least he created examples of art for it that are still alive today.

“Number 1”, 1950 (Lavender Mist) by Jackson Pollock

Number 1

Abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock painted “Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist)” at 7′ 3″ x 9′ 10″. Like his other famous mural works, this example of art was created in his signature vision– “action painting”. Instead of classic canvases on easels and creating large artwork in the studio with a brush, he prefers to pour, spray and splatter paint on a large canvas placed on the floor.

It was in this expression of himself that the author felt calm and harmonious. Pollock became part of the painting, for he could boldly walk around it, work from all four sides and literally be inside the painting throughout the entire period of creation.

“A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

This big painting was painted by Georges Seurat, considered the pioneer of pointillism in the 1880s. To create his large-scale work, Seurat carefully points to 7′ x 10 canvas.

In addition to the monumental style, Serat also created small sketches. In each case, his composition remains relatively intact. Although the appearance, number and arrangement of the characters changes on a regular basis in the famous large paintings.

“The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

In 1908, the symbolist painter Gustav Klimt painted “The Kiss”. It depicts a reverent embrace. The large painting was created in the most favorable period of the artist, characterized by the abundance of gold leaf. Although Klimt created many sparkling large canvas oil paintings, “The Kiss” resonated most with its sentimental subject matter and dreamy atmosphere of love.

And even at 5′ 11″ x 5′ 11″, this work is far from Klimt’s largest. The murals, including the 112-foot Beethoven Frieze, have a grand scale and are just as striking.

“Il Paradiso” by Tintoretto

Il Paradiso

The painting is located next to the Cathedral of San Marco in Venice and is considered one of Italy’s most important treasures. Tintoretto created a depiction of paradise with Jesus Christ crowning the Virgin, as well as the 12 apostles, angels, prophets, Adam and Eve, church fathers, Christian heroes, popes and bishops. All the characters in the painting are arranged in hierarchical order. This big canvas painting stretched almost 25 meters in length, so it had to be painted in parts. Tintoretto was known as a very determined and ambitious artist, he was nicknamed “furioso.” This determination is evident in the painting “Il Paradiso,” which today is admired by many artists from around the world.

“The Journey of Humanity” by Sacha Jafri

The Journey of Humanity

A painting by Sasha Jafri, based on large-scale artwork created by children during the pandemic. He reflected on the themes of connection and isolation and decided to reach out to children around the world through ministries and schools to share his experiences through large modern art.

The Guinness Book of World Records considers this work under the title the world’s largest painting on canvas at 1,595.76 square meters – about as large as 10 tennis courts.

To create the masterpiece, Jafri painted 20 hours a day for eight months. He used 1,065 brushes and 6,300 liters of paint.

The talented guy divided the large modern artwork into 70 separate pieces to sell. But there was one buyer who was so inspired by the painting that he decided to buy the whole masterpiece.

The large-scale modern art was purchased for $78 million. Do you know what the largest painting in the world is? Try to guess. In the meantime, stay tuned and explore the world of art with us.

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