Forget Koons, Hirst and Murakami: The artists who ruled the 2000s, in terms of the number of paintings they sold, are all long-dead. According to Overstockart.com, a website that sells hand-painted replicas of famous artworks, the best-selling paintings of the last decade were, in order, Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” (pictured) and “Café Terrace at Night,” followed by Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss,” Claude Monet’s “Poppy Field at Argenteuil” and the Mona Lisa.
David Sasson, CEO of Overstockart.com, tells Artinfo that sales trends have changed very little over the years: “Our numbers indicate that as the years turn and our world evolves some things remain consistent… It will be interesting to see when, if ever, this trend begins to fade.” O RLY?
Well, according to that all-powerful cultural barometer of 90s art, Buffy, when the first episode of the fourth season, The Freshman, aired in 1999, the most popular paintings were actually Klimt’s “Kiss,” Monet’s “Water Lillies” and, I believe, Dali’s “Persistence of Memory,” based on the posters that the episode’s gang of freshmen-eating vampires would steal from newly decorated dorm rooms. So, obviously, van Gogh is the real upstart art star of the aughts.