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overstockArt.com Announces Top 10 Most Romantic Oil Painting for Valentine’s Day 2014

Top 10 Most Romantic Oil Painting for Valentine’s Day 2014The online art gallery overstockArt.com, published today its annual Top 10 list of most romantic oil paintings for Valentine’s Day. Topping the chart for the first time is Frederic Leighton’s lust-filled masterpiece “The Fisherman and the Syren.” Other artists named on the 2013 Valentine’s Day Top 10 Romantic Oil Paintings list include Gustav Klimt, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, August Macke, Amedeo Modigliani, Edouard Manet and Egon Schiele.

The 2014 Top 10 Romantic Oil Paintings according to overstockArt.com’s statistics are:

  • 1. “The Fisherman and the Syren,” Frederic Leighton
  • 2. “The Kiss,” Gustav Klimt
  • 3. “The Swing,” Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • 4. “Flaming June,” Frederic Leighton
  • 5. “First Kiss,” William-Adolphe Bouguereau
  • 6. “In Bed the Kiss,” Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
  • 7. “Discarded Roses,” Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • 8. “Promenade,” August Macke
  • 9. “Nude seating on a sofa,” Amedeo Modigliani
  • 10. “Boating,” Edouard Manet

More than 3,500,000 page views to overstockArt.com’s Romantic Art Gallery in the past year were tracked. According to the click tracking, “The Fisherman and the Syren,” was the most sought after painting clicked at nearly nine percent, and Gustav Klimt’s magnum opus “The Kiss” came in a close second, garnering eight percent of the clicks.

The The Fisherman and the Syren was painted by the English Victorian Classical painter, Lord Frederick Leighton between 1856 and 1858. The painting depicts the fatal seduction of a fisherman by a beautiful yet deadly mermaid. The fisherman seems completely transfixed in the moment while the siren clutches to his body as she subdues her prey with passion and lust to submission.

“Artists throughout time have been inspired by love and romance, many of the world’s greatest masterpieces wouldn’t exist without this inspiration,” said David Sasson, founder and president of overstockArt.com. “Our Romantic Art Gallery features many of these pieces and is one of our most popular gallery’s throughout the year, particularly in February when we always see a spike in traffic towards Valentine’s Day.”

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Amitai Sasson

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Amitai Sasson of overstockArt.com 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 ArtCorner.com as Chief editor and writer.