Top 10 Most Popular Oil Paintings for 2013: Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” Tops the Chart
overstockArt.com releases annual top 10 list; Van Gogh captures top spot as the most popular artist in the world with his beloved epic creation: Starry Night.
Written by Amitai Sasson on December 17, 2013
The popular online art gallery, overstockArt.com, revealed today its annual top 10 oil paintings rankings for 2013. Topping the list is Vincent van Gogh’s masterpiece, “Starry Night.” Other artists named on the 2013 list include Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pierre August Renoir, Lord Frederic Leighton, and Edward Hopper.
Van Gogh had a spectacular year with his art taking up three spots in overstockArt.com’s annual list of the top 10 best-selling oil paintings of the year. “Starry Night” reigns supreme and is joined by another star filled sky scene, “Café Terrace at Night”, grabbing the third position on the list. The elegant “Branches of an Almond Tree in Blossom” masterpiece which Van Gogh painted as a gift to his brother Theo’s new born son back in 1889 took the eighth spot on the coveted list.
The top 10 oil paintings sold online in 2013 according to overstockArt.com’s statistics are:
- 1. Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
- 2. The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
- 3. Cafe Terrace at Night by Vincent Van Gogh
- 4. Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre August Renoir
- 5. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
- 6. Water Lilies by Claude Monet
- 7. Flaming June by Lord Frederic Leighton
- 8. Branches of an Almond Tree in Blossom by Vincent Van Gogh
- 9. Star Dancer (On Stage) by Edgar Degas
- 10. Night Hawks, 1942 by Edward Hopper
“Van Gogh consistently remains the most popular artist in the world,” said David Sasson, CEO of overstockArt.com. “While ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Café Terrace at Night’ have been staples on our top 10 lists throughout the years, we credit the continued popularity of ‘Branches of an Almond Tree in Blossom’ to the unique interpretations of the painting we introduced a few years back.” In 2010, overstockArt.com debuted several renditions of the painting featuring different colored backgrounds. The online art gallery trademarked the red rendition, which according to Sasson, was an instantaneous best-seller and remains one of the gallery’s most popular paintings.
The Top 10 list is released annually due to popular demand, “Consumers and companies strive to keep up with the latest interior décor trends to maintain a modern appeal,” said Sasson. “Just like they care about Pantone’s annual ‘it’ color, they want to know what décor accessories are hot. Our annual top 10 list makes it easy for consumers to stay on top of the trends and find out which oil paintings are most hip and desirable in the marketplace.
In 2013 overstockArt.com sold more than 60,000 oil paintings. They are one of the web’s most successful distributors of wall décor items with the most comprehensive selection of hand painted reproduction oil paintings, frames, and ceramic art tiles to choose from in the online oil painting industry.
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