An Art Affair: The 4 Most Popular Artists Ever

An Art Affair: The 4 Most Popular Artists Ever

An Art Affair: The 4 Most Popular Artists Ever

Art and its affairs are one of the most mind boggling things ever. From the beautiful Renaissance art, to the resistance and absurdness of Dadaism, art mimics life, the mind and society. While many of us have tried creating art, we never made it as big as these artists. Each of the artists brought something to the table that demanded worldwide attention, even transcending through time. 

Art imitates life just as much as life intimates art. Having such a close relationship with the Arts, we should be able to guess the three different artists who are known for their famous work in their art style or era.

 

Artist #1:


 

 

Artist #3:

 

 

 Artist #4

 

 

This game comes with 60 artists, and has visual clues in front for you to guess, and a short description relating to the clues about the artists at the back!

 

Can you guess all of the artists? If you can, congratulations! If not, scroll down to learn more about them!

 

Artist #1

Diego Velázquez: An Important painter in the Spanish Golden Age

 

 

Diego Velázquez is one of the most prominent artists of the Baroque period, and one of the most important figures in the Spanish Golden Age(17th Century). He was a court painter, specifically the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and has painted many royal portraits. With masterful brushstrokes and subtle blending of colours, Velázquez achieved effects of form and texture, space, light, and atmosphere that earned him the respect as the main forerunner of 19th-century's French Impressionism.

 

One of his earlier pieces: 'Old Woman Cooking Eggs'
(Image Credit: www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/5531/old-woman-cooking-eggs)

 

One of the most mind-blowing pieces, featuring royal children, a nurse, a dog, dwarfs and himself!
'Las Meninas'
(Image Credit: www.artsy.net)

 

 An interpretation of the Goddess of Love (Venus) and her son, the Cupid.
'Rokeby Venus'
(Image Credit: www.visual-arts-cork.com)

 

 

 

Artist #2

Edvard Munch: The Pre-Expressionist, Anxious Artist

 

 

You may not have heard of the painter, but you have definitely heard of his famous artwork "The Scream". In this Expressionism artwork, the childhood pains and trauma experienced by Munch is brutally displayed through the uneasiness of the loud, contrasting colours and the seemingly distressed, screaming over the dock. A reflection of his mental conditions, tagged onto an overwhelming exhaustion and a sudden outburst of an anxiety attack, "The Scream" perfectly mirrors what people could not see, what was inside of him, painting against the screaming sky he saw one day while walking with his friends..

Here is an adapted part of Munch's diary on the day he saw the sky, and what triggered this artwork to be made:

"I was walking down the road with two friends when the sun set; suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against the fence, feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous infinite scream of nature."

Many of his other artworks also feature a similar "doomsday" sky and dock background. Some of these works are "Sick Mood at Sunset: Despair" and "Anxiety". "The Scream" was auctioned for a record $119.9 Million, which was, in 2012, the most expensive artwork ever sold in an auction.

 

 'The Dance of Life' (1899-1990)
(Image Credit: https://www.edvardmunch.org/the-dance-of-life.jsp)

 

 

Of course the iconic Munch artwork has to be 'The Scream', sold for $119.9 million at Sotheby's!
(Image Credit: https://www.edvardmunch.org/the-scream.jsp)

 

Artist #3

Jeff Koons: The Balloon Sculptor

 

 

Jeff Koons is the only living artist in this list, an American sculptor who has broken the record for the most expensive artwork sold by a living artist. The 3-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture is made to look like the signature balloon sculpture of a rabbit, called "Rabbit". Sold for $91.1 million, this artwork was first presented at Ileana Sonnabend’s gallery in New York in 1986. Playing with the contrasting ideas of light yet heavy, and soft yet hard, this rabbit brings back the viewer to their childhood, but this time, this sculpture will not become a fleeting moment just as the deflating balloon that perhaps symbolizes childhood.

Today, at 64 years old, Koons has a net worth of $200 million, which is more than enough to feed his family of nine. Koons is a father to seven kids, 5 sons and 2 daughters.

 

 Jeff Koons's "Orange Balloon Dog" Fetched the price of the highest living artist in 2013, at $58.4 million
(Image Credit: https://www.donrockwell.com/topic/49168-balloon-dog-orange-1994-2000-by-jeff-koons-the-highest-price-paid-for-an-artwork-by-a-living-artist-in-auction-history/)

 

Jeff Koon's 'Rabbit' Fetched a hefty $91 million from Christie's Auction House, making Koons once again the highest paid living artist based on a piece of work sold
(Image Credit: https://www.wamc.org/post/jeff-koons-rabbit-fetches-91-million-auction-record-work-living-artist)

 

 

Artist #4

Banksy: The Masked Controversial Graffiti Artist

 

 

Banksy, an unknown but controversial artist, has shaken up the world of art with the introduction of his street-style graffiti art. Banksy is one of the highly respected artist who pushes street art into the most prestigious auction houses to be sold at the millions. Banksy's work usually centres around the absurdity of politics, society and human beings in general. The unwanted fame that Banksy received led to the hunt for Banksy's street art, which would often be scraped off wholesale from the wall and be whisked away to the largest and most prestigious auction houses such as Christie's or Sotheby’s, which fetch many of these pieces anywhere from a few hundred thousand dollars (rarely, today), to millions for a Banksy piece.

Today, Banksy is one of the most famous controversial street artists who still stays true to himself and his beliefs and values. Despite having sold many pieces for huge sums of money, he donates to the charity as he never meant for his paintings to be part of the barter among art collectors. His message, and medium, is for the public, crafted on walls of the public spaces.

 

Devolved Parliament (Sold for $12,142,893)
(Image Credit: https://www.widewalls.ch/most-expensive-banksy-artworks-at-auctions/devolved-parliament/)

 

 

Did I mention Banksy shredded his artwork, "The Girl and the Balloon"  at the Sothesby's auction after the hammer? Unlike what Banksy had thought, the now half-shredded artwork has taken on a new name "Love in the Bin", and is estimated to have doubled in worth!
(Video Credit: YouTube user Banksyfilm)

 

 

I have only brought up 4 different artistic styles in different periods here: Expressionism, Sculptures and Street Art, you can expect to see more styles and mediums at the Affordable Art Fair Singapore, which will commence from 22 November (Friday) to 24 November (Sunday), at the F1 Pit Building. Expect to see thousands of marvelous art pieces and perhaps snag one or two of them there!

 

 

 

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