Famous European painters include Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Francisco Goya. All of these men have made significant contributions to Western art.
Many recognize Pablo Picasso as one of the most influential painters in the history of art. His most famous paintings include the masterpieces "Guernica," "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," and "Weeping Woman." He also co-founded the painting style known as Cubism.
Vincent Van Gogh was a central figure in the Post-Impressionist movement in France. He never sold a single work during his short life, but in 1990, one of his paintings sold for $82.5 million. His use of color and brushstroke technique influenced 20th-century movements such as Fauvism and German Expressionism.
Rembrandt is regarded by critics as one of Europe's greatest Old Masters. He is known for his biblical art and his stunningly realistic portraiture. His paintings demonstrate a mastery of the chiaroscuro technique.
Michelangelo produced some of the greatest Renaissance paintings and ranks among the greatest sculptors of all time. His painting masterpiece "The Last Judgement" adorns the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel.
Francisco Goya was a Spanish Romantic painter regarded as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. His masterpiece "The Disasters of War" serves as a visual protest against the violence of war.