|The Most Popular
Artworks of All Time
The Art History Archive - Popularity
In order to try and measure and gauge popularity of different artists we decided to consult a variety of sources (including Artcyclopedia and Artnet.com). We also consulted a list almanac called "The Book of Lists".
The 50 Most Popular Artworks of All Time
(According to Artcyclopedia Poster Sales.)
The Picasso Scale of Popularity:
This scale uses Picasso as the example of most popular artist (meaning his prints of artworks sell the most) and then compares other artist's popularity in comparison to total number of sales.
Which means for every 100 copies of Picasso's work that is sold Van Gogh sells approx. 72 copies. (According to Artcyclopedia Poster Sales.)
Norton Simon's 11 Greatest Paintings in History
Andrew Wyeth's 8 Greatest American Paintings
300 Most Popular Artists
(According to Artnet.com)