You’re set to experience a new revelation every time you look at a piece of art. On the Htet Tayza blog I reveal five paintings across the world you need to see for yourself, as well as where to find them.
Everyone should explore art when they travel
Everyone should take the time to travel the globe. Travel opens your mind to new experiences, cultures, people and even ways of thinking. For budding young entrepreneurs, travel can provide them with the life-experience they need to get the upper hand in the cut-throat world of business.
When you travel the world you gain the opportunity to visit some of the most famous works of art in history. I believe that everyone should devote a portion of their itinerary when travelling to exploring a country’s artistic heritage. Artworks such as paintings and sculptures are masterpieces with the ability to teach a thousand life-lessons in a single glance.
Visit these five paintings when you travel the world
Yet if you’re pressed for time, you can’t visit every single painting in every single gallery. However you should make sure you carve out time in your schedule to check out the following five:
- Mona Lisa: Possibly the most famous painting in the world, this masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci hangs in the halls of the Louvre in Paris. Believed to be a portrait of an Italian noble woman, this classic example of Renaissance art was once called by the Independent “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.”
- The Scream: This collection of paintings depict the same composition. Painted by expressionist genius Edvard Munch in the 19th Century, the paintings show a figure with an agonised expression against a fierce orange background. Two painted versions of this composition exist; one in the National Gallery in Oslo and one in the Munch Museum, also in Oslo. The latter also holds a pastel version of the composition.
- The Starry Sky: Master impressionist Vincent Van Gogh was the very definition of an artist ahead of his time. The best example of his work is The Starry Sky. Painted during his time in an asylum in 1889, The Starry Sky depicts blazing balls of light hanging over a homey little town with dramatic impressionist flair. Today the painting is housed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
- The Persistence of Memory: Salvador Dali created one of the most recognisable images of the 20th Century when he painted The Persistence of Memory in 1931. Often mis-named “The Melting Clocks,” the canvas is the epitome of what Dali said his paintings were; “hand painted dream photographs.” It also hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
- Guernica: Painted by the father of the cubist movement, Pablo Picasso, Guernica is not only a classic example of this modernist style but a political statement. Crafted in 1937, Picasso used this painting as an opportunity to illustrate the tragedies of war, by committing the devastating damage caused by the Nazis casual bombing of the town of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War to canvas. This painting can be found at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reine Sofia in Madrid.
Learn about the world in which we live
These paintings are regarded as some of the most iconic masterpieces in the world. They bring the creative talent of the best artists history has ever seen to life. To gaze upon their surfaces is to learn about the world in which we live.
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