Most famous Modern art masterpieces

There are numerous important paintings and works of art from the period of modernism. However, few of them are truly iconic. Here are 7 most famous modern art masterpieces, as well as their creators, according to History Lists [1]:

Edvard Munch: The Scream.

Created at the verge of the 20th century, this agonizing facial expression is a painting well known all around the world. It is so popular that even Facebook memes are being made nowadays, putting various faces instead of the agonizing face on the painting. In 2012, this painting was sold at an auction for $120 million.

Pablo Picasso: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon).

The painting created in 1907 shows five nude prostitutes. It was a revolutionary work of art at the time, since the usage of various shapes in painting humans on the canvas represented the beginning of Cubism. Although Picasso showed this painting only to his friends and family when he painted it, later it became known and recognized worldwide.


Henri Matisse: The Dance.

There are two versions of this painting, released in 1909 and 1910. The painting shows five nudes. The blatant painting technique, vivid colors and movement represent some of the main features of Fauvism, the modern art movement to which this painting belongs to.


Marcel Duchamp: Fountain.

Created in 1917, this is an example of the Dada movements. Firsty it was not really understood, but in the decades to come, it became accepted and recognized as a work of art.

Wassily Kandinsky:

On White II. Many consider this painting as the first abstract painting. It is a masterpiece in the sense that it represents a conflict between life and death. Death is represented by the black color, while other colors represent the many opportunities in life.


Salvador Dalí: The Persistence of Memory.

This work of art was created in 1931 by the famous Spanish painter Salvador Dalí. It is considered to be one of the best artworks from the movement of Surrealism.


Andy Warhol: The Marilyn Diptych.

This artwork depicts the actress Marilyn Monroe and it was created shortly after her death in 1962. It has 100 pictures of the actress. The left 50 pictures are in color, while the right 50 pictures are black and white. This symbolizes the contrast between life and death.


[1]“List of 7 Masterpieces of Modern Art”, History Lists. Internet: https://historylists.org/art/list-of-7-masterpieces-of-modern-art.html

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