There are some artists who do amazing work all through their lifetime and get recognition only when they are dead. Some of their paintings become masterpieces. This happens because the artists are usually ahead of time and are not understood by the common people during their life. They leave behind a legacy that is highly appreciated and followed by many other artists. It’s not just one painter Some of such paintings of these unsung painters are:

  • The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
    The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

    Starry Night is the world’s most famous painting that was only recognized after the death of Vincent van Gogh. It is an oil canvas painting that depicts the scene from the window of Van Gogh’s asylum just before the sunrise. This masterpiece is one of the most widely known works of Vincent van Gogh and is permanently kept at the Museum of Modern Art New York City. This painting was initially made by Van Gogh in the asylum with charcoal or ink on the paper which he later replicated when he got back to his apartment. The painting is done with beautiful colors and smooth brush strokes. This painting was later followed by Starry Night Over the Rhone and is as beautiful as the first one. Many movies and book covers have been inspired by this painting. It surely is one masterpiece.

  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes VermeerThis is an oil painting by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer who was not recognized throughout his life but became a big name after his death. It shows a girl wearing a dress with an oriental turban and big pearl earrings. This painting impacted and influenced a lot of people. The writer Tracy Chevalier wrote a historic novel of the same name. This novel was later an inspiration for a film and a play by the same name. The painting has been displayed at various places like Mauritius, the Hague, and Netherlands. Although, all his paintings have been liked, this is one of the most appreciated works of Johannes Vermeer.

  • The Burial of the Count of Orgaz by El GrecoEl Greco was a greek painter, sculptor, and an architect who contributed greatly to the Spanish Renaissance. The Burial of the Count of Orgaz is considered the best work done by him and is also one of the most famous artworks in the world. It was completed in the year 1586 and is based on a local legend. The precise detailing and excellent use of colors make it worth appreciating. The painting has been beautifully divided into two parts depicting the heaven and the earth inspired by the legend of Orgaz who was a philanthropist and a knight. It shows the scene of his death. It is a landmark in his career and was followed by some even more amazing work.

  • 4.Water Lilies by Claude Monet
    4. Water Lilies by Claude Monet

    Water Lilies is a series of paintings by the French Impressionist Claude Monet. This series of 250 oil paintings shows Monet’s flower garden. There are many beautiful pictures of water lilies and each painting is different than the other. Monet made some of these while suffering from cataract. One of his paintings was sold at 18.5 million pounds in 2007, another was sold in 2008 for more the 41 million pounds and whenever these paintings get auctioned, they are sold for an even bigger price than before. Monet was never appreciated for his work and in today’s time, his work has been displayed in museums all around the world.

  • 5.	Where we come from? What are we? Where are we going?Paul Gauguin is now considered as one of the most important painters in the Post- Impressionist art movement. “Where we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” is one of his best works and is widely famous. As per Gauguin, this painting has to read from left to right and has three main figures illustrating the questions that the title poses. The three woman and a child depicts the various periods in the life of a man, from a child to an adult and then finally old age. The painting is placed at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston ever since 1936 and gets thousands of visitors regularly.