NYC’s 10 Best Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

NYC’s Top 10 Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art contains the largest art collection in […]
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NYC’s Top 10 Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art contains the largest art collection in the Western Hemisphere with 2 million pieces.

The Harvesters, 1565.  Pieter Bruegel the Elder.  An oil on wood painting orginally part of a collection of 6 painted for wealthy merchant Niclaes Jongelinck to represent the different times of year.  Elder is known for his paintings featuring peasants working.  The Harversters represents the workers in action in the field during the beginning of the wheat harvest season in August/September.

Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950.  Jackson Pollock.  Also known as Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), is a large canvas and enamal painting.  After formal training, Pollock joined David Alfaro Siqueiros’s Experimental Workshop in NYC where he discovered nonconventional painting methods.  He ultimately settled on pour and drip techniques which became the his signature until his death in 1956.

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George Washington, 1975-1976.  Gilbert Stuart.  Stuart is famous for his portraits and painted over 1,000 people in his lifetime including the first 6 presidents.  In fact, his unfinished portrait of George Washington known as the The Athenaeum, the left side of Washington’s face, is the one used on the one dollar bill.  The Met houses another George Washington portrait known as the Vaughn which shows the right side of Washington’s face.

Wheatfield with Cypresses, 1889, aka A Cornfield with Cypresses.  Van Gogh.  Painted during a stay at a mental asylum, Van Gogh painted three similiar paintings depicting a golden field of wheat with hills, cypress trees, and olive trees in the background during a period he was obsessed with cypress trees.

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The Musicians, 1595.  Caravaggio.  Caravaggio was famous in his time for painting musicians.  A painting of musicians preparing to play is more than meets the eye.  Cupid is shown on the far left side of the painting plus Caravaggio included his likeness in another character.

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