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Top 10 Paintings at MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) in New York

Top 10 Paintings at MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) in New York

When it comes to all of New York’s museums, MoMa is without a doubt one of the best ones. With over 200,000 pieces with some of the most outstanding paintings of modern art painters, it’s not always easy to know what to prioritize during your visit. Here is the list of the top paintings you cannot miss.

1. Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

This incredible and magical reimagining of the view from Can Gogh’s room in a Saint-Rémy asylum is something you cannot miss when you visit MoMa in New York. It was painted during his treatment for mental illness and is dominated by vivid blues and yellows.

2. Emerging Man by Gordon Parks

This photograph shows a man’s head emerging from a manhole on a streel in Harlem in the 1950s. As a symbol of the African American struggle for Civil Rights, it was inspired by Ralph Ellison’s novel, called Invisible Man.

3. The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí

This is probably the most famous piece when it comes to surrealist artwork. Dalí’s melting clocks are famous world-wide and symbols decay and impermanence. The Persistence of Memory was painted in 1931 and incorporates the rugged cliffs of Dalí’s Catalan homeland into his very unsettling dreamscape.

4. Self Portrait by Frida Kahlo

This was painted in 1940 by Frida Kahlo just after her painful divorce from the artist Diego Rivera. This self-portrait depicts her in a man’s suit with her short hair. Some critics thinks that this painting symbolizes her independence and perhaps, her bisexuality.

5. Les Demoiselles by d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso

This was painted by Pablo Picasso in 1907, which you can tell in the Cubist style, five Barcelona prostitutes in the street of Avinyó.

6. Abstraction Blue by Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe made a decisive transition from naturalistic to abstract painting with this work from 1927. This piece of art is dominated by swirls and curves of white and blue. Some people see this as a symbol of fertility.

7. American People Series #20: Die by Faith Ringgold

This painting by the iconic Faith Ringgold evokes the Civil Rights struggle during the 1960s. It features distressed women, men and children which they’re all covered in blood.

8. Water Tower by Rachel Whiteread

Water Tower is a resin sculpture of a classic New York water tower. It was created in 1998 by the British artist Rachel Whiteread and was originally displayed on a rooftop in Soho. You can find it in the Sculpture Garden.

9. Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian

Mondrian finished this abstract artwork in 1943 after moving to New York City. The series of yellow squares, punctuated with red and blue boxes, was inspired by the order of New York’s grid plan clashing with the creativity of boogie-woogie blues music.

10. And Then We Saw the Daughter of the Minotaur by Leonora Carrington

This Surrealist painting shows a flower face figure, a minotaur, and two boys wearing hooded cloaks gazing upon the fantastical figures of a cow headed goddess and a pastel, moth-like form.

What is your favorite painting at MoMa? Please leave a comment below!