The Universe is a testimony to art and its many wonders. The world is filled with inspiration for everyone to see but it takes a visionary and a talented artist to take a cue from that inspiration; pick up the brush and paint, give their visions, thoughts, and the beautiful nature, a face in the form of their paintings.

Some painters manage to capture such wonders of nature in their paintings that they take your breath away. In the words of Pablo Picasso, “Every child is a born artist; the challenge lies in retaining that artist within themselves.” 

Here is a run-down of 15 most beautiful and famous paintings the world has witnessed.

1. Our Daily Bread by Anders Zorn

Our Daily Bread by Anders Zorn

“Our Daily Bread” by Anders Zorn is a depiction of his mother cooking potatoes for harvesters while seated at the edge of a ditch. It was painted in 1886 and is from the artist’s private collection. It shows the sacrifices of his mother.

Anders painted “Our Daily Bread” in his mid-twenties and this painting was a tribute to his family and his mother’s love. The composition was only made public in 1920 after the artist passed away and the National Museum in Stockholm later bought the painting.

2. Glow of Hope by S.L. Haldankar

Glow of Hope by S.L. Haldankar

‘Woman with the lamp’ or most commonly known as “The Glow of Hope’ is a masterpiece by S.L. Haldankar. This masterpiece came to life from 145-46. Haldankar gained inspiration for this painting on Diwali- the festival of lights, an Indian festival. The image which gave him the idea of this painting was that of his own daughter, clad in Indian attire called saree and holding a candle in one hand while protecting the flame from the wind in the other.

Geeta, Haldankar’s daughter, became the subject of his painting and remained immortalised on handmade paper with watercolours. Haldankar deliberately used watercolours to prove that he could make paintings using watercolours without making any mistakes. He wanted to prove that erasing oil colours was possible, but that it wasn’t possible to erase watercolours.

3. NightHawks by Edward Hopper

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Nighthawks is an oil painting by Edward Hopper. It is a depiction of the elusive judgment of today’s society. The painting contains four figures that seem completely disconnected and isolated from their surroundings, despite the environment being a chic and sophisticated one. The man and woman appear to be holding hands, but on closer inspection, it becomes clear that they are not even looking at each other, let alone hold hands.  

The Art Institute of Chicago bought the painting as soon as Hopper completed it in 1942.

4. Salvator Mundi by Leonardo

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci

Salvator Mundi is a wide artwork which is 66cm x 45 cm long. It was created by Leonardo, an Italian Renaissance artist in the 1500 century. 

The painting is a depiction of Jesus, the Savior of the world. He is seen making the sign of the Cross with His right hand while holding a transparent crystal globe in His left hand. The painting is somewhat confusingly called an original and a copy of a lost one. It was then put up at the National Gallery for one of Leonardo’s most famous exhibition in 2011-2012 in London.

5. Dog in the Snow by Franz Marc

Dog Lying In The Snow by Franz Marc

Franz Marc created this famous composition in 1911. The painting is a reflection of Marc’s own dog, a Siberian Shepherd named Russi. The artist painted animals as he felt they are closer and purer to God.

6. Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee by Rembrandt

Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee by Rembrandt

Rembrandt van Rijn, the Dutch Golden Age painter, painted the Storm on the Sea in 1633. It is a depiction of Christ with His disciples on a ship that was caught up in a storm on the Sea of Galilee.

7. Portrait of Mari Clasen by Halfdan Johnsen Egedius

Portrait of Mari Clasen by Halfdan Egedius

The Mari Clasen portrait is one of the most applauded oil paintings in the world. It was painted by Halfdan Johnsen Egedius, who was based in Drammen, Norway. The artist finished this painting when he was merely 17 years old.

8. Venus’ Birth by Sandro Botticelli

Venus’ Birth

Sandro Botticelli painted the Birth of Venus, which shows the emergence of the beautiful woman, the Goddess of Venus from the sea. The beautiful face of the Goddess, along with her graceful shy posture, is the most striking part of this painting.

9. The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso

The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso’s most haunting and eerie image is that of the Old Guitarist. In this painting, the artist has limited himself to a blue palette that is monochromatic and cold. It depicts the psychological, emotional, and mental themes of human alienation and misery.  

10. The Son of Man by Rene Magritte

The son of man by Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte painted the Son of Man, which is a depiction of his own self in a black suit but an apple obscuring his face.

11. Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth

Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth made Christina’s world in the 20th Century, which holds the reputation of one of the world’s most famous paintings. It is a depiction of Anna Christina. She is a woman with a muscular disorder, crawling up a field that is yellowish-brown and gazing lovingly at a grey farmhouse.

12. Dogs Playing Poker by C.M. Coolidge

Dogs Playing Poker by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

Dogs playing Poker is an image of 16 dogs around a poker table playing cards. It is an iconic representation of 19th Century Americans and was painted by C.M. Coolidge in 1903. 

13. The Dance by Henri Matisse

The Dance by Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse’s ‘The Dance,’ is based on Fauvism and represented by bright colours. It shows a few people dancing together with a noteworthy blue background.

14. The Flower Carrier by Diego Rivera

The Flower Carrier by Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera painted the ‘The Flower Carrier.’ He is 20th Century’s most popular Mexican artist. The painting depicts a person struggling to carry a heavy load of flowers. 

15. Café Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh

Café Terrace at Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh made the Café Terrace at Night. It is a simple depiction of a café at dinner time with a set of vibrant colours.

If you really like the oil paintings that you see here, you should check out 1st Art Gallery for more! 


Melvin is an Entrepreneur, Life Coach, and Chinese Metaphysics Practitioner. He holds an EMBA and he is a passionate and engaging teacher, known for his unique combination of science, research, and spirituality.

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