It is often said that every photo has a story behind it but the truth is that not only a photo but also even paintings have a story behind them. Every stroke that the painter makes on the canvas has a meaning. Sometimes to that extent that those stories often turn out to be more interesting and meaningful than the actual painting.
Here is the list of some of those paintings and the stories behind them:
- Mona Lisa
The most intriguing part about this very famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci is her smile and that has indeed raised many speculations. But it is believed that the painting is of a lady named Lisa del Giocondo, who was the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. He was a very rich Florentine silk merchant and had got this painting made to celebrate the birth of their son named Andrea. One more version of Mona Lisa was created known as Isleworth Mona Lisa which had been kept in Swiss Bank for years and years.
- American Gothic
American artist Grant Wood drew this modern painting which shows a father and his daughter standing in front of a house. He was on a drive looking for his next inspiration when he noticed a small Gothic stylehouse, which he drew on an envelope. He got the consent of the house-owners and painted that house with his own sister and dentist standing in front of the house.
- Self Portrait Without Beard
Vincent Van Gogh had created approximately 43 self-portraits between the time period of 1886-1889. This painting was amongst one of the last that he painted and was supposed to be for his mother. This was his way of showing her that he was doing well. However, he committed suicide a few months after this painting. This painting shows only his left profile and his mutilated ear is not seen which he had cut off in anger.
- The Last Supper
Leonardo da Vinci painted this 180 by 360 inches painting at the special request of the Duke of Milan. This painting is a famous scene from Jesus’s life and depicts the shock amongst his disciples when Jesus predicts that someone among them would betray him. It is so large that only a church roof could fit it.
- The Scream
This painting was created by Edvard Munch in 1893. Analysts’ say this painting is about a suicide as this painting was created when Munch was broke and had fear of developing a mental illness that ran in his family and had a failed love affair. According to Munch, one day during his evening walk, he felt like he heard a scream that passed through nature and that was what inspired him.
- Portrait of Dr. Gachet
Vincent Van Gogh drew this portrait of Dr. Gachet with whom he came into contact after his release from the asylum. He eventually found a true friend in him and as his friendship with Dr. Gachet deepened, he drew a portrait of him. The fact is that there are actually two versions of “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” and both of them show the doctor leaning on his right arm but they differ in style and coloring.