Van Gogh Starry Night is the World Most Popular Oil Painting in 2009

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The popular online art gallery, overstockArt.com, revealed today the annual Top 10 Oil Paintings rankings for 2009. Topping the list is Vincent van Gogh’s irrefutable magnum opus, Starry Night. The second place spot also went to van Gogh with his famed Café Terrace at Night. Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss dropped to third place after being named the #1 top oil painting last year. Other artists who made the list include Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Pablo Picasso.

The most popular oil painting in the World - Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

A lot of people want to know what’s selling best because it helps them stay up to speed with the latest trends and allows them to know which paintings are the hippest and most desirable on the market.

The popular online art gallery, overstockArt.com, revealed today the annual Top 10 Oil Paintings rankings for 2009. Topping the list is Vincent van Gogh’s irrefutable magnum opus, Starry Night.

Van Gogh’s Starry Night reclaims its title as the world’s most popular oil painting a year after Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss snatched the title away. According to overstockArt.com’s statistics, van Gogh has the top two most popular oil paintings in the world, with Starry Night in first place and Café Terrace at Night in second. “Van Gogh consistently remains the most popular artist in the world, his total sales numbers have left everyone well behind,” said David Sasson, CEO of overstockArt.com.

The top oil paintings sold online according to overstockArt.com are:

1.    Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh
2.    Café Terrace at Night – Vincent van Gogh
3.    The Kiss – Gustav Klimt
4.    Poppy Field at Argenteuil – Claude Monet
5.    Luncheon of the Boating Party – Pierre Auguste Renoir
6.    Garden Path at Giverny – Claude Monet
7.    The Rest – Pablo Picasso
8.    Red Cannas – Georgia O’Keeffe
9.    Farbstudie Quadrate (Color Study of Squares) – Wassily Kandinsky
10.    The Dream – Pablo Picasso

According to Sasson, the Top 10 list is released annually due to popular demand. “A lot of people want to know what’s selling best because it helps them stay up to speed with the latest trends and allows them to know which paintings are the hippest and most desirable on the market.”

“In the business world especially, where image is everything, many companies strive to keep up with the latest interior décor trends to maintain a modern appeal that will impress customers and clients,” said Sasson.

Van Gogh’s masterpiece, Starry Night, was created in 1889. To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the creation, overstockArt.com developed a special rendition of the masterpiece in deep oil paint. This special version of Starry Night was created by overstockArt.com over the course of a year, it took seven months to dry and weighs over 18 pounds. This distinctive one-of-a-kind 36” X 48” reproduction of Starry Night is available to purchase for $2,458. The conventional 20” X 24” reproduction is $119.

In 2009 overstockArt.com sold more than 45,000 oil paintings. They are one of the Web’s most successful distributors of wall décor items with over 10,000 daily visitors and 100,000 loyal customers.

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