Starry Night Most Popular Work of the Decade

Starry Night Most Popular Work of the Decade
How do you measure an artwork's success? By its price on the auction block? Its placement in the museum? By how much it moves people, or makes them think? By how many college kids hang it on their dorm-room walls?

According to Overstockart.com, a company headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, that sells hand-painted reproductions of masterpieces for 3-figure prices, rather than the 6- or even 10-figure prices they might command at auction, the most popular work of the decade is Van Gogh's Starry Night, and Impressionist and modern works by European painters are the most coveted. The top 10 are:

1. Starry NightVincent van Gogh
2. Café Terrace at NightVincent van Gogh
3. The KissGustav Klimt
4. Poppy Field at ArgenteuilClaude Monet
5. The Mona Lisa – Da Vinci
6. Le RêvePablo Picasso
7. Luncheon of the Boating PartyPierre August Renoir
8. The ScreamEdvard Munch
9. Red CannasGeorgia O’Keeffe
10. Persistence of MemorySalvador Dali

According to a statement, Overstockart.com has sold over a million oil paintings in the past decade, but has not necessarily noticed a change in what sort of things people buy. “Our numbers indicate that as the years turn and our world evolves some things remain consistent,” said CEO David Sasson. “People are still captivated by the elegance and beauty that the classic artists bring to their home. It will be interesting to see when, if ever, this trend begins to fade.”