Art Genres 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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This list answers the questions, "What are examples of narrative art paintings?" and "What are the most famous narrative art paintings?"
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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I See the Rhythm of Gospel by ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Narrative Art Paintings
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I SEE THE RHYTHM OF GOSPEL is an exhibition of works (as well as a book with a CD) by the artist Michele Wood that highlights the most evocative and influential music in the African-American community––Gospel Music, which has been recognized as a mainstay of African-American culture. The exhibit features jubilant emotional images, beginning with the first songs of the Kings James Bible and continuing through history with the rhythms of spiritual songs developed later during slavery and the era of freedom in the United States of America. The I SEE THE RHYTHM OF GOSPEL exhibition package overall contains: 21 framed original paintings; 21 text panels; and educational materials. ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Michele Wood

Subject: African American, Creativity, Slavery in the United States, Musician, Christian Faith, + more

Genres (Art): Religious image, Allegory, Visionary art, Genre art, Religious art, + more

Art Form: Sculpture, Mixed media, Installation art, Painting, Tapestry

Period / Movement: Contemporary art

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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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Pygmalion and Galatea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Narrative Art Paintings
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Pygmalion and Galatea

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