Invented in Flanders in the 15th century, oil painting enabled the greatest artists to express their artistic self and leaves traces of history-writing talents until today. Contemporary Art was born following the Second World War, in the second half of the 20th century.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is the undisputed master of Pop Art and New Realism. Few know about his talents as a painter. Undoubtedly however, he painted one of the most important oil paintings. He drew “Green Coca-Cola Bottles” in 1962 with an incomparable finesse with great focus to transparencies.
Salvador Dali (1904-1981)
The most famos catalan Salvador Dali (1904-1981) always used very classical techniques and most preferably oil painting, even for his most exuberant pieces. “Les Molles” definitely is one of the best known oil paintings. Painted in 1931, this piece currently resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
The name of Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) has earned less populism than that of other artists. However, together with Kandinsky he is a precursor of abstraction as evidenced by his famous contemporary oil painting “Composition in Red, Yellow, Blue and Black” of 1926 in which he stages a juxtaposition of colors within an asymmetrical field.
Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)
Although he is far from being the first artist to use the methodology Dripping, the American artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) has built his reputation upon this method. “Autumn Rhythm” painted in 1950 is withouth a doubt one of the best known oil paintings.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
The pictorial production of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), which revolutionized the 20th century, is colossal. However, one of his works marked the decisive turn in his artistic career, just as it marked history. “Guernica” is one of the most important oil paintings of the 20th century. This monumentail oil painting from 1937 in the colors grey, black and white is exhibited in Madrid.