So you bought an expensive smart TV from Samsung or Sony or LG and it looks great on the wall, the picture quality is brilliant and movies never looked better. But what about when the TV is not on? Many Samsung TVs have a feature to keep paintings as the screensaver, making your living room a digital gallery. But a great TV painting is a tough find. So we did the scouting and made a list of some paintings you should put on your TV. The link to high-quality versions is provided as well.
Instead of going for the most famous or celebrated paintings, we decided to look for the paintings that are eye-catching with brilliant colors and structure. Instead of having a story and meaning, the paintings we choose are aesthetically pleasing to make your living room worth dying for. We have also skipped some famous paintings such as The Starry Night, Mona Lisa, Sunflowers, etc because they’re already well known and you can get them yourself. But still, in the end, we’ll add a list of those paintings as well.
Paintings to put on your smart TV
Take a look at these paintings. To download the full-resolution version of these paintings, click on the link as mentioned for the paintings. Keep in mind that the links provide the highest resolution versions. Some might not fit well with your TV. You can always search for better, upscaled versions on the internet.
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
I know that I said there won’t be famous paintings here, but it would be a crime to not mention Klimt’s paintings when making a list of visually appealing artwork. Take a look at this golden glitter-bombed scene with a couple kissing in a very Klimt-esque pose. The green color of the ground contrasts perfectly with the dazzling golden upper half. It is very difficult to play with golden colors because too much of it can ruin the painting. But Klimt knows how to balance it with those patterns and contrasting colors. What we get is a masterpiece that will make your TV worth more than what it is.
The Sleeping Gypsy
The Sleeping Gypsy is perhaps one of the most underrated paintings of all time. It was created by Henri Rousseau who was a toll collector in Paris. Since he wasn’t a painter by profession, he was never accepted in the Académie Française. But great art triumphs all. The bizarre linear structure of both the girl and the line with the dark tones creates a unique look and will definitely adore your TV screen.
The Wanderer Above the sea of fog
This painting by Casper David Friedrich is often used to represent two concepts; the period of Romanticism in which even the smallest of things are presented in a grand way, mostly nature. The second is man’s ability to be more than what he is. It is about conquering the world, standing at the top of it, and taking on new, unknown territories.
The Large Bathers
Large Bathers is by a very famous painter named Paul Cézanne, famous for making The Card Players. What makes this painting eye-catching the contrast between the scene being depicted and the way it has been depicted. The painting is about some naked women taking a bath in a beautiful oasis. But the way it has been painted makes it look dull and borderline terrifying. This also makes it eye-catching. The faces of these women are obscure, the scene is painted using dull colors. Use this painting if you can tolerate nudity in your living room.
The Night Cafe
Often referred to as the “ugliest” painting by Vincent Van Gogh, this painting finds a place in this list for that reason. Van Gogh deliberately used these garish color combinations of red and green and muddy yellow to make you squint your eyes and wonder what’s off about this painting. Add people and objects warped due to perspective and you have a painting that surely creates a spike in your interest and turns your head.
Great Wave Off Kanagawa
This is the painting or more precisely, print art that most of us have seen somewhere. A great wave rises and rolls towards a boat full of fishermen and right at the cusp of the wave, there sits the magnificent Mount Fuji. This painting is like stopping time and looking under the waves to get a glimpse of the snow-capped mountain. You can also find many versions of this painting such as steampunk, neon synth-wave, etc.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
If you want to make your living room more comfortable and relaxing than it already is, this painting will surely help you with that. Georges Seurat’s finest work, the painting shows an outside space, filled with greenery, splattered with golden sunlight and people sitting, standing, and laying down, basking in that delightful daytime. The use of pointillism creates a soothing effect as it makes the edges and texture smooth and pleasing to the eyes.
The Avenue in Rain
Bring the patriotic American out and add this painting as the screensaver of your TV. The proportion might be an issue, but take a look at this beautiful painting. Childe Hassam, the painter, has used jagged, undefined brush strokes to create an undefined scene of the Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, decorated with the star-spangled banner. And since it is a drizzling day, the roads are wet and you can see the reflection of the flags, making this painting well-detailed and blurry at the same time.
The Parc Monceau
A prime example of impressionism painting by none other than Claude Monet. This painting depicts a calm and serene scene with lots of green and a crowd sitting and walking. That rhymed. Great oil painting to place it in your living room. It’s Monet, it has to be good.
A Friend in Need
How to make a great painting even greater? Make dogs sit on chairs and let them play cards! This unique painting of dogs not only playing cards but cheating will definitely get anyone’s attention. It was painted by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. The bulldog is the cardsharp!
The Boating Party
The Boating Party is painted by one of the most prominent and well-known female impressionist painters. She was in fact one of the 7 founding members of the Impressionist movement with Renoir, Monet, and Manet. The painting has blue and light green as the primary colors and the while termed as The Boating Party, the scene is calm and soothing.
The girls of Avignon
To have an art gallery and not include Piccasso’s work is considered blasphemous by the art God. Picasso had many phases in his painting career but cubism made him world-famous. The girls of Avignon is perhaps the best example of Cubism and one of the most intriguing paintings of Piccasso.
The Wedding at Cana
A painting with so much grandeur that is hard to match, The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese is one of the most famous paintings of the Renaissance movement. Look at the scale of the scene, the magnificent use of colors, and Jesus is at the center of it. The painting is currently at the Louvre but put this on your TV and make your living room into the Louvre room.
The Hireling Shepherd
An enchanting painting by William Holman Hunt with rich use of color to create this realistic painting of the shepherd who is too distracted with the woman that he forgets all about the sheep. Brilliant detailing, eye-sweetening colors (I made up that term), and a painting that will make the viewers as distracted as the shepherd.
A fine example of the Impressionist movement of painting, Two Sisters (On the Terrace) is painted by Pierre-August Renoir, one of the founding members of the Impressionist movement. The blob brush stroke creating the soft edges and the misty appearances make this painting so alluring. Just enjoy looking at this beautiful painting.
Here are three more paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt that might interest you.
Death and Life
So go ahead, download the paintings and place it on your TV and make your personal art gallery. We bet that with these paintings on your screen, you’ll spend more time looking at the TV with the painting than with any other Netflix movies. This concludes the article.
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