45 Responses to America’s Top 40 Paintings of All Time

  1. Everyone in the world November 24, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    You had a real list going then your blatant bigoted racism reared it’s ugly head into the list. Get over yourself and your blind love for Obama. It’s sickening and you should be ashamed of yourself as an intelligent human being. Seriously take a look in the mirror and open your eyes to the world. Everyone makes mistakes, even your high and mighty Barrack Obama. I’m not mad at you, realize that I took the time out of my day to write this to you because I honestly fear you will walk through your entire life with these reverse racism blinders on. It’s a crime, and your better than that. I urge you to come join the human race.

    • admin November 24, 2013 at 6:23 am #

      Wow! Mr. Everyone in the world, you seem to be very upset. Yes, it’s true I love President Obama. I’m sorry if you disagree/find this racist. But, any artist who deals with racial subject matter in their work risks responses like yours. The irony is, this particular article was actually not even about race (I have plenty of posts that do…so keep reading). But let me ask you this. If I love President Obama because he’s black and you hate President Obama for the same reason, why am I the racist? Seriously, thanks for your concern, but I believe I’m just as human as you are. We could have even have things in common. It seems we’re both people with strong/heart felt political and social convictions. The only difference is I just try to paint my strong feelings on canvas. You should probably find an outlet for yours.

    • Anonymous February 19, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

      What a poor list of the top 40! Sorry I came to this site.

      • admin February 20, 2015 at 8:06 am #

        I know it’s not perfect. Feel free to make your own top 40 list. Thanks for your comments and please visit again!

  2. Realistically the minority of the world November 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    I never said I hated Obama, I am an American and I respect him as the leader of this great nation. He has his pros and cons, similar to Bush. However I have no patentience for people who blindly bash one politician while turning a blind eye to another. You cannot honestly look at the facts as say Obama is clearly a better leader than Bush…as for the art, it’s clearly your opinion. That being said I don’t see how you could have started the list the way you did, then jumped to Saul’s piece. It’s anti-American, cheesy, and clearly an attention grab. After some time to rethink this, perhaps I’m not as upset with you personally as I am with anyone who would acknowledge such works, let alone praise them…

    • admin November 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      That’s true you never said you hated President Obama, however by going straight to race you implied sympathy with his racist critics who hate the man’s guts no matter what he does. As for my lack of fairness to GW Bush , I will never apologize for the way I feel. I’m an ARTIST,my work is emotional and oftentimes irrational. In other words I don’t have to be fair, I just have to listen to my gut. And my gut tells me GW Bush is one of the most destructive leaders America has ever had, thus I have VERY little respect for him. Saul’s piece is no more anti-American than the huge number of Obama bashing bumper stickers, jokes, and artwork. But even if you look at it rationally you have to admit Mr. Bush’s track record is not very strong, invading Iraq, a country not involved in 911, turning an inherited budget surplus into a HUGE deficit, adding a Medicare drug benefit that added to the deficit but helped him carry the sate of Florida in 2004. In short he was a mediocre leader aided by a ruthless VP and a compliant new media, determined to help him sell the idea of perpetual war in the Middle East.

      • Richard Amerike November 25, 2013 at 9:15 am #

        Well obviously we are on separate ends of the spectrum on politics. Which is fine, this would be a world of grey if we all thought alike…
        This will be my last post but I can’t leave without sharing one last observation… I was reading a few years ago about Joaquin Pheonix, who I think is brilliant at times, albeit crazy. He had just finished his controversial ‘I’m still here’ and they were interviewing longtime late show host David Letterman. Pheonix had payed Letterman a visit during his project and acted like he was crazy. He was very disrespectful the whole interview, chewing gum and not really answering the questions. When he got up to leave at the end he took off his sunglasses, looked Letterman square in the eye, and shook his hand and thanked him. Letterman said he knew then that Pheonix wasn’t crazy. I feel as though I have looked you in the eye and through you comparing Saul’s piece to bumper sticker art , I too see you are not crazy.

        In closing I’d like to add that I enjoyed the conversation, nonetheless, and I really enjoyed your list, overall. I wish you the best in the future.

        • admin November 25, 2013 at 9:48 am #

          Okay Richard, We can agree to disagree. I’m glad you see I’m not crazy, at least not completely. Thanks for your well wishes and I hope the same for you. God bless.

          • Cathy Jordan December 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

            Sorry, but I have to agree with “Everyone in the world” to some extent. The title of this is “America’s Top 40 Paintings of All Time” and as a fine art major who has worked in the artistic world in one form or another for 30 years, listing the Obama/Hope poster as the #1 American painting of all time, discredits your entire list. The Obama poster is important, but doesn’t deserve to be ranked above artists such as Wyeth and Rockwell. When analyzing and listing “top 10” works, it’s best to remove personal bias and focus on the merits of each work to be credible. Again, the Obama poster is important, not doesn’t belong on this list. It would be better suited to a “Top 10 Pop Culture Art” list.

          • admin December 22, 2013 at 6:59 am #

            Hi Cathy, don’t be sorry. Please keep in mind that I’m a political artist and that genre of art has personal appeal to me. If the Obama/Hope image is not number one then where should it rank? I think it’s possible your personal bias is showing also when you say one listing discredits the entire list, which is perfectly fine. We all have our biases. I believe president Obama embodies the American dream in many important ways and his election shows the promise of what this country can be when it looks past its racial biases. The Hope poster gets to the heart of what I feel America is and should be about and therefore is a nearly perfect American image. Remember I’m not ranking artists, I’m ranking images. You don’t have to be Wyeth or Norman Rockwell to make one great individual work of art. Thanks for commenting.

  3. James Wiesen January 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Interested in purchasing a copy of 20 Brooklyn Bridge (not laminated)

    • admin January 21, 2014 at 7:13 am #

      Unfortunately, I have no prints of the artwork you mentioned for sale on this website. I can’t legally sell the work of other artists. There are many options for the product you’re seeking, just type the name of the work, the artist and the word “print” into a search engine. Good luck.

      • Ian March 12, 2014 at 1:08 am #

        Hello Admin
        Just had a quick look at your selection and really enjoyed it. There will always be controversy over a ‘Top 20’ list but that’s what makes it interesting and fires the debate about whether a painting deserves to be there. Thanks for sharing and also teaching me to see some things I hadn’t noticed before.

  4. Anonymous March 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    I like your choices and I don’t see them racist at all. Instead I see them as an evolving culture.

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  9. Mike November 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    The list reveals much about the list-maker. I would hardly call the Obama poster a “painting.” It’s an advertisement; a logo. Most of the rest of the top 10 are also garbage. Your anti-American, anti-White bias is showing.

    • admin November 13, 2014 at 7:34 am #

      Yes, my choices for this list reveals as much as me as your ignorant comment reveals about you. For the record I’ve never been anti-white nor anti-American. I’m glad the “Hope” poster bothers ignorant bigots such as yourself. I think that imagery is perhaps the most important American artwork of recent years whether you think it qualifies as a painting or not. Besides, you’re free to make your own top 40 at any time.

  10. Dave January 3, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

    There are some fine paintings on your list, but to leave Charlie Russell completely off the top forty??? Maybe it was too difficult to decide which of his many paintings to include. America should be proud to have a talent such as his especially when his paintings deal with the America of his day.

    • admin January 4, 2015 at 8:15 am #

      Hi Dave,

      I’ll admit to not being familiar with the work of Charlie Russell. But I think I have heard his name before. Looking at his work, I can see he was a fine painter and I understand why you like him. It seems he was mainly interested in painting the Old West, a very American subject. In making this list I was biased toward more politically oriented art. That’s what I’m primarily interested in and that’s the kind of art i make. As for Old West painters I’ve been much more impressed with landscape painters. I just love the way they captured the greatness of America through the land itself, even if some of it was idealized.

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  12. bob May 24, 2015 at 12:32 am #

    typical racist piece of shit. you only love Obama. because he’s black. sorry if you’re offended by truth that isn’t politically correct. stop thinking about race and think about art, you piece of shit.

    • admin May 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

      Hi Bob,

      Glad you took time to read my post. Your’e right I do love Obama. But not for the reasons you site. I’m amazed at how quickly people pull the race card on this post. The fact that the Obama poster is honored really seems to bother certain people. Look inside you’re own heart and you’ll see why. Could it be you’re the racist POS?

    • Dwayne September 6, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

      Just stumbled on this site and, unfortunately, became distracted by the commentary at the expense of the artwork. What I’m left with, as usual, is the petty bigotry and cowardice that accompanies many of these posts. It’s depressing how many people choose to use technology to hide behind their callow observations in the name of “public discourse” instead of elevating opinions and ideas in the name of free speech. Thanks to Fox News, MSNBC and other “news” sources for perpetuating self-righteousness and drowning out anything resembling civility…great role models you all are. As far as the artwork here, it’s one man’s opinion and he’s entitled to it, as is anyone. He gave us an opportunity to discuss–and disagree, God forbid–but instead it devolves into a cacophony of moronic, hostile jabs. Sad, man, sad. We MUST be the buffoons the rest of the world thinks we are.

  13. Mikania June 26, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    Good list, though the sequence is a bit kooky 🙂

    • admin June 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

      Thanks. I’m a bit kooky.

  14. Anonymous June 26, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

    Very interesting list. As a painter myself I have learnt a think or two from your list. Conrad Bo. Member of the Superstroke Art Movement.

    • admin June 27, 2015 at 9:01 am #

      Thanks. The list was meant to be informative. I’m glad you like it.

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  17. Tom August 6, 2015 at 6:24 am #

    I tried to subscribe to view the rest of the list, but now when I try to see it, it jsut takes me to a page telling me “you already subscribed.” Very frustrating.

    • admin August 6, 2015 at 10:29 am #

      I’m sorry about that. If you still want to subscribe I should be able to just add you to the list but you’ll have to give me permission to do so. Again I’m very sorry.

  18. Tom August 6, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    seriously, you need to put the full list back up, because the e-mail thing is not working. I still can’t view the entire list.

    • admin August 6, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      I had no idea this was happening. Thanks for letting me know.

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  20. Jake Barnes October 25, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    I’ve no desire to subscribe; I’ve seen most of what I believe are the top ten have already.

    • admin October 26, 2015 at 6:54 am #

      No problem friend.

  21. Annabelle December 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

    “Realistically the minority of the world”

    ….o dear isn’t this problematic

    As a white person, I’d really like to call out all of those white people who are trying push down the idea that they need to change how they think because living a life to make everything about race and oppress people who have been oppressed for decades will only cause misery for yourself and everyone around you

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    […] Grades 9-10, Reading Standard for Informational Text 9: Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington’s Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”), including how they address related themes and concepts. Here, I think an analysis of the American Flag and its changes, including variants like the Gadsden and Confederate flag—would meet this standard. How about John Gast’s painting, American Progress? Or, listening to a recording of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech? What about the images on a dollar bill? How about some of the paintings off of this list compared to a piece of historical/informational writing? FYI—not all are school appropriate: https://www.michaeloart.com/americas-top-40-paintings-of-all-time) […]

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