Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Van Gogh's Starry Night Named World's Most Popular Oil Painting of the Decade

Van Gogh's Starry Night Named World's Most Popular Oil Painting of the Decade

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Van Gogh's Starry Night Named World's Most Popular Oil Painting of the Decade



"Cafe Terrace at Night" by Vincent Van Gogh. The second piece in the "Van Gogh Starry Night Trilogy". It's popularity in the past decade has soared and is a synonym for style and sophistication.




"The Kiss". Gustav Klimt.

WICHITA, KAN.- overstockArt.com, the leader in handmade oil painting art reproductions, has officially released its Top 10 list of the most popular oil paintings from the past decade. Topping the list is Vincent van Gogh’s irrefutable magnum opus, "Starry Night".

“We release an annual Top 10 list and thought it would be interesting to look back over the past decade to determine the trendiest and most sought after hand painted oil painting reproductions,” said David Sasson, CEO of overstockArt.com. “Not surprisingly, the notoriously eccentric artist, Van Gogh, leads the list with his masterpieces "Starry Night" and "Café Terrace at Night".” According to overstockArt.com’s statistics, Van Gogh’s total sales numbers have far exceeded those of any of the other great masters.

The top ten oil paintings sold online in the last decade according to overstockArt.com are:

1. "Starry Night" – Vincent van Gogh
2. "Café Terrace at Night" – Vincent van Gogh
3. "The Kiss" – Gustav Klimt
4. "Poppy Field at Argenteuil" – Claude Monet
5. "The Mona Lisa" – Da Vinci
6. "Le Rêve" (The Dream in French) – Pablo Picasso
7. "Luncheon of the Boating Party" – Pierre August Renoir
8. "The Scream" – Edvard Munch
9. "Red Cannas" – Georgia O’Keeffe
10. "Persistence of Memory" – Salvador Dali

In the past decade overstockArt.com sold more than a million oil paintings. They are one of the Web’s most successful distributors of wall décor items with over 10,000 daily visitors and 100,000 loyal customers. “As the Modern Art movement was conquering the auction floors getting record breaking numbers in Sotheby’s and Christie’s, we slowly became the destination for art lovers who could not afford the high price tags of galleries, but wanted to enjoy the hand painted art of the great masters in their homes,” explained Sasson.

One of the interesting points that the top 10 oil paintings of the decade presents is that the modern artists from the turn of the last century such as Van Gogh, Monet and Klimt are still the most desirable artists in the world. “Our numbers indicate that as the years turn and our world evolves some things remain consistent,” said Sasson. “People are still captivated by the elegance and beauty that the classic artists bring to their home. It will be interesting to see when, if ever, this trend begins to fade.”

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