SOURCE: OverstockArt.com

December 27, 2006 08:12 ET

Vincent Van Gogh Remains Most Popular Artist in U.S.

OverstockArt.com Releases Annual List of Most Popular Paintings

WICHITA, KS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 27, 2006 -- OverstockArt.com, the online retailer of handmade oil paintings, has officially released the annual "Top 10 Oil Paintings" ranking for 2006.

According to David Sasson, CEO of OverstockArt.com, the company releases its Top 10 list of best selling oil paintings each year to show which works of art are the "hippest, most desirable" paintings on the market -- a fact, he says, many people are interested to know.

"A lot of people want to know what's selling best because it gives them an idea of what's trendy, what's hip, what's cool and what their respective peer groups are going to enjoy," he said. "This is especially true in the business world where offices have to keep up with the latest interior décor trends and maintain a sense of modern quality to impress customers and clients... a lot of business owners like to make sure they're up to speed."

In 2006 OverstockArt.com sold more then 50,000 oil paintings. They are considered by many to be the top online retailer of handmade oil paintings, making them the Amazon of online art. The Top 10 oil paintings sold online according to OverstockArt.com are:

1. Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh

2. Cafe Terrace at Night - Vincent Van Gogh

3. The Kiss - Gustav Klimt

4. Poppy Field at Argenteuil - Claude Monet

5. Persistence of Memory - Salvador Dali

6. The Dream - Pablo Picasso

7. Artist's Garden at Giverny - Claude Monet

8. Irises - Vincent Van Gogh

9. Sunflowers - Vincent Van Gogh

10. Farbstudie Quadrate - Wassily Kandinsky

It's interesting to see how the old masters are still the most sought after artists even on the internet. Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night is the most popular oil painting on the planet according to Sasson's statistics. "Our numbers indicate that Van Gogh is the most popular artist on the web, his sales figures left everyone behind."

The second most represented artist in the top 10 is Claude Monet. Works like "Poppy Field at Argenteuil" and "Artist's Garden at Giverny" are still highly popular.

Gustav Klimt, arguably the most praised artist of the year made it to the top 3 on the list with his oil painting, "The Kiss."

Wrapping up the top 10 are the Modern works of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Wassily Kandinsky.

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