Some famous paintings featuring beautiful sunsets include "Sunset, Long Island" by Georgia O'Keefe, Monet's "Sunset at Venice," "The Scream" by Edvard Munch and "Willows at Sunset" by Vincent Van Gogh. A modern example of a well-known sunset painting is "Twilight in Paradise" by Christian Lassen.
Artists have painted work depicting sunsets for hundreds of years, particularly after the Renaissance, using different mediums and a variety of styles to create different moods and imagery. The blend of pastel watercolors used by O'Keefe creates a lighter feel than the short, bold strokes and often dark oil colors of Van Gogh's signature style. Monet painted many works depicting sunsets, yet "Sunset at Venice" remains one of his most popular sunset paintings.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam unveiled an unknown sunset painting by Van Gogh, "Sunset at Montmajour," in 2013, more than 120 years after his death. This never-before-seen painting, which Van Gogh likely painted in 1888, was a historic discovery in the art world.
Research indicates that the colors in some historic sunset paintings are potentially reflective of particles in the air related to volcanic eruptions during the time of the artist's rendition. In 2004, astronomer Don Olson suggested that this is the case with Munch's "The Scream."