11 World Famous Paintings with Unusual Names

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Pyramid of Skulls
The American Gothic
No.5, 1948

You might be wondering what all of this means. Surprisingly, these are the names given to paintings by their artists.

The best thing about these names are, whenever you hear the names, you won’t quickly associate it with these paintings.  Your mind wanders and thinks them as something else.

Well, here is a list of such 11 strangely named paintings.

The Scream

The Scream’

The Scream by Edward Munch

 

This is undoubtedly, one of the better-known paintings in the world.

This Edvard Munch painting made many people to spend insane amounts of money on it. ‘The Scream’ has already attracted millions of dollars worth money through auctions and private sales.

The name might be a little unusual, but it has worked pretty well with the painting. This painting is an oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard painting and was completed in the year 1893. There are four different versions of this painting.

The Kiss

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

 

Gustav Klimt is considered one of the greatest names in Austrian art history. Among the many paintings he completed, ‘The Kiss’ is arguably one of his best works. This painting was completed in around 1908, during the golden period of his painting life.

The American Gothic

The American Gothic by Grant Wood

The American Gothic by Grant Wood

 

This painting, ‘The American Gothic’, became quite famous for many reasons. Its unique name might be one among them. The artist behind this painting is Grant Wood, an American artist.

This painting was completed in the year 1930 and is the most famous work by Wood. The artist is well known for his abilities to capture life in the neighborhood onto the canvas and this is exactly what he has done here.

No.5, 1948

No.5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

No.5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

 

It is a famous painting by artist Jackson Pollock, who started the real trend in drip painting. With this unique style of painting, Pollock became popular.

‘No.5, 1948’ is a large 8 x 4ft long oil of fiberboard painting.  A few years back, the painting fetched a whooping $140 million in a private sale.

The Son of a Man

The Son of a Man by Rene Magritte

The Son of a Man by Rene Magritte

 

It is definitely a name that can grab the interest of anyone. This is a painting by Rene Magritte, a Belgian artist.

This character in this surrealist painting has many features that might surprise you. First thing you might notice is the green apple hanging in the air, just in front of the man’s face. If you look closer, the subject is peeking through the side of that apple. Next thing, the left elbow of the subject is twisted to the back.

The Night Watch

The Night Watch

The Night Watch by Rembrandt

 

This painting is one of the most famous works of the Dutch artist, Rembrandt.

There are many reasons why this painting is so famous today. One is the absolute large size of this painting, which stands at almost 12 x 14 ft. Another reason would be intelligent and effective use of lighting all through the painting.

This is oil on canvas painting, completed in the year 1642. Today, this is a priced possession of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

The Mystical Nativity

The Mystical Nativity

The Mystical Nativity by Sandro Botticelli

 

Sandro Botticelli was a master of art painting during the early Renaissance period. ‘The Mystical Nativity’ is a painting by Botticelli.

This is an oil painting on canvas and measures almost 43 x 29 inches. There is an inscription at the top of the painting, which indicates the year and place of completion.

The painting was completed in the year 1500 AD and is today on display at National Gallery, London.

The Third of May 1808

The Third of May 1808

The Third of May 1808 by Francisco Goya

 

The Third of May 1808 –  This painting by Francisco Goya, was completed in the year 1814. This painting, along with its pair, ‘The Second of May 1808’, describes the uprising of Spanish people and fight against the French reign.

This oil on canvas painting is 106 × 137 inches long and is today, kept on display at Museo del Prado, Madrid.

The Snail

The Snail

The Snail by Henri Matisse

 

It’s a collage, created by famous French artist, Henri Matisse. It is a Gouache on paper, pasted on a layer of white background.

Different colors and shapes are arranged in a spiral fashion on the white background. This might be the reason why the painting got its name, ‘The Snail’. This art painting was completed in the year 1953 and measures 287 × 288 cm.

Pyramid of Skulls

Pyramid of Skulls

Pyramid of Skulls by Paul Cézanne

 

The name might sound a bit creepy, but it perfectly describes this painting by Paul Cézanne. This painting, completed in the year 1901, is oil on canvas and measures 37 x 45cm.

This is not the only painting by Cézanne, where you will find the scary presence of skulls. Paintings like ‘Still Life with Skull, Candle and Book’, ‘Still Life with a Skull’, ‘Young Man with a Skull’ etc are all his famous artworks.

The Green Christ

The Green Christ

The Green Christ by Paul Gauguin

 

‘The Green Christ’ and ‘The Yellow Christ’ are two famous works from the French artist, Paul Gauguin.

These two paintings are among the list of best works of Symbolism. ‘The Green Christ’ was completed in the year 1889 and measures 92 x 73cm.

This oil on canvas painting is today, a treasured possession of The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

As you just saw, the unusual names didn’t hinder the popularity of these art paintings.  Instead, the names stroked curiosity of people.

So, what can you learn here? Names can be a contributing factor in improving popularity of your art paintings.  If you have created something magnificent, then, don’t hesitate to call it something unusual.  After all, many world famous paintings have unusual names, so why can’t yours too?

Now a question for you. Did you know any other paintings with such weird names? Share with us via comments.

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