Introduction:Collectors who enjoy paintings look for their favorite artists, but some collectors add paintings to their collection simply based on the estimated value of the painting and the prospects that the amount will increase in the future. What makes a painting appeal to someone is hard to determine, but collectors buying art based on the popularity of the artist have a solid list of options. In no particular order, the list of the top five collectible painters from recent auctions includes:
The Philadelphia Museum of Art claims Renoir's late period painting are the highest quality, but any painting by Renoir brings interest when put up for sale. French painter Renoir was born in 1841 and he died in 1919. His early work is classified under the Impressionist heading and the later works experiment with a freer style and also include sculpture.
American-born abstract artist Pollock began his career as part of the Art Students' League in New York and also worked on the Federal Art Project during the late 1930s to early 40s. Abstract Impressionist paintings by Pollock are a top auction draw, earning record prices at auction.
French painter Vincent Van Gogh was a prolific painter but his works have been collected by museums for decades. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam features hundreds of his paintings and, although the artist was a prolific painter, his works are centered at the museum and by art institutions with major funding to outbid small investors and collectors at public auctions.
The Old Masters, including Rubens, Titan and Raphael, rarely come on the market, but when they do, painting collectors take notice. This Flemish painter born in 1577 has an easily identifiable style that is rarely offered at auction or at private sales.
Cezanne was born in 1839 and died in 1906 but this Post-Impressionist painter's work is also on the most sought-after list for collectors. A recent collection of lost art work, including a portrait of d'Emile Zola painted by Cezanne, brought record prices at a Sotheby's auction held in 2010.
While early and important works by painters such as Pablo Picasso earn top dollar at auction, several of the sought-after artists produced large amounts of prints and commercial paintings that diluted the market for the more recent works. Early paintings by Picasso, however, are most collectible.
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