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List of Famous Narrative Art Paintings

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List of the most famous narrative art paintings in the world, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The popular narrative art paintings on this list are considered to be some of the most recognizable works of art on the planet, so save yourself a trip to the museum and check out this artwork from the comfort of your own home. narrative art is an extremely important genre in the art world, so it's no surprise that some of the most recognizable fall under the narrative art genre. You can find additional information about these well-known paintings by clicking on the names of the pieces.

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  • Guernica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Narrative Art Paintings
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    Guernica is a mural-sized oil painting on canvas by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso completed by June 1937. The painting, which uses a palette of gray, black, and white, is known as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history. Standing at 11 feet tall and 25.6 feet wide, the large mural shows the suffering of people, animals, and buildings wrenched by violence and chaos. The painting is believed to be a response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque Country village in northern Spain, by German and Italian warplanes at the request of the Spanish Nationalist. Upon completion, Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour, becoming famous and widely acclaimed, and... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Pablo Picasso
    • Subject: War, Spanish Civil War, Suffering
    • Genres (Art): Narrative art
    • Art Form: Painting
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    Pygmalion and Galatea

    Pygmalion and Galatea is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Narrative Art Paintings
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    Pygmalion and Galatea (1890) is a painting by Jean-Leon Gerome.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: Jean-Léon Gérôme
    • Subject: Galatea, Pygmalion
    • Genres (Art): Narrative art
    • Art Form: Painting
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  • Josephine and the Fortune-Tell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Narrative Art Paintings
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    Josephine and the Fortune-Teller (1837) is a painting by British artist Sir David Wilkie.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: David Wilkie
    • Subject: Joséphine de Beauharnais
    • Genres (Art): Narrative art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Romanticism
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    Reading the Will

    Reading the Will is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Narrative Art Paintings
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    Reading the Will (1820) is a painting by British artist Sir David Wilkie. Commissioned by King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria, the painting is now in the collection of the Neue Pinakothek in Munich.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artist: David Wilkie
    • Genres (Art): Genre art, Narrative art
    • Art Form: Painting
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