Gustav Klimt The Kiss Tops the Chart in 2008

Gustav Klimt's The Kiss oil paintingThe popular online art gallery,, has officially released the annual “Top 10 Oil Paintings” list for 2008. After a complete domination of the top spot by the world-renowned Dutch master, Vincent Van Gogh, a relative newcomer has taken over. Gustav Klimt with his masterpiece – “The Kiss” blew everyone away with his unique style and colors.

Klimt has been the rising star of the Modern art world over the past few years, with notable paintings such as The Kiss and Adele Bloch-Bauer which in 2006, snatched the title of most expensive oil painting ever sold at auction, $135 Million.

Vincent Van Gogh might have relinquished his top spot to Klimt in the individual masterpiece category but is still the most popular artist in the world with both Starry Night and Café Terrace snatching the second and third spots respectively. His total sales numbers have left everyone well behind.

Other noted artists who made the list are Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Pier Auguste Renoir.

The Top 10 oil paintings sold online according to are:

Most popular art on the planet:
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 #1 Gustav Klimt The Kiss 
 #2 Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night
#3 Vincent Van Gogh Cafe Terrace at Night
#4 Claude Monet Poppy Field at Argenteuil
#5 Salvador Dali Persistence of Memory
 #6 Pablo Picasso The Dream
#7 Leonardo Da Vinci The Mona Lisa
#8 Claude Monet Garden Path at Giverny
#9 Vincent Van Gogh Branches of an Almond Tree in Blossom
#10 Pierre Auguste Renoir Luncheon of the Boating Party

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Amitai Sasson of is an art world traveler on a mission to seek out the beauty and passion of the art world. As an avid enthusiast of art and oil paintings, he contributes to as Chief editor and writer.