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Political and historical Painting


History painting has been for centuries the noblest genre of painting. It was meant to depict and exacerbate the major historical events of a state, an age or a government, such as great battles, coronations of emperors or historical treaties. Today, political and historical painting is not at the service of authorities anymore, but rather a means to question the establishment and make people think of the abuses of governments and of the social issues of our time. Modernity witnessed the rise in popularity of the figure of the politically committed artist and today, numerous contemporary artists deal with political issues in their works. It is no surprise that in countries with a difficult political climate such as Russia or China artists produce a great number of works conveying powerful political and historical messages. Yue Minjun, Yang Fanzhi, Yan Pei Min or Alexander Kosolapov are just a few examples. When browsing Artsper's key artists, do not miss Sergio Birga's works 

Art has always been closely linked to politics, and to this day has an important historic function. It can aid in remembrance; denounce or support powers and public opinions; act as a witness to great moments in history; adhere to or refute the efforts of censorship; or even be weaponised, most notably by means of propaganda.  Whatever the period, whatever the movement, politically engaged art remains a central pillar of Art History. From Banksy to Obey, including the likes of Picasso and classical paintings, discover our extensive selection of historical and political paintings. 

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Tara (von Neudorf), Srebrenica, Painting

Tara (von Neudorf)

Srebrenica, 2010
71.7 x 51.2 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$6,622

José Rodríguez, Syncretism, Painting

José Rodríguez

Syncretism, 2018
29.9 x 22 inch
Painting

$1,926

Julián Fourcade, Sniper, Painting

Julián Fourcade

Sniper, 2019
23.6 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$987

Adel Younesi, Lincoln, Painting

Adel Younesi

Lincoln, 2015
66.9 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$6,020

Hany Houssien, Royal inspiration, Painting

Hany Houssien

Royal inspiration, 2014
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$9,030

Muriel Charbonnier, La Machine, Painting

Muriel Charbonnier

La Machine, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$2,392 $2,781

Cecilia Cubarle, The next Savior, Painting

Cecilia Cubarle

The next Savior, 2009
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,649

Enrico Sacchetti, Ancient Egypt, Painting

Enrico Sacchetti

Ancient Egypt, 1930
21.3 x 28.3 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$1,806

Stamatis Theoharis, Hercules MMXVII, Painting

Stamatis Theoharis

Hercules MMXVII, 2017
19.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,493

Hubert Cloutier, La bataille de Sedan en 1870, Bazeilles, Painting

Hubert Cloutier

La bataille de Sedan en 1870, Bazeilles, 1901
39.8 x 57.1 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,667

Eugène Chaperon, Convoi de soldats avec prisonniers, Painting

Eugène Chaperon

Convoi de soldats avec prisonniers, 1915
21.9 x 16.9 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$1,500

Andreas Von Gehr, Political déco III, Painting

Andreas Von Gehr

Political déco III, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,565

Claudia Tennant, King Gezo, Painting

Claudia Tennant

King Gezo, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,445

Joakim Hansen, Opération Suède, Painting

Joakim Hansen

Opération Suède, 2003
78.7 x 78.7 inch
Painting

$7,465

Jean-Michel Zazzi, Charles de Gaulle - L'appel du 18 Juin - .R.E.S.I.S.T. Londres 1940, Painting

Jean-Michel Zazzi

Charles de Gaulle - L'appel du 18 Juin - .R.E.S.I.S.T. Londres 1940, 2018
30.3 x 45.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$409 $819

Virut Panchabuse, Donald Trump - American Idiot, Painting

Virut Panchabuse

Donald Trump - American Idiot, 2018
66.9 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$12,040

Bruce Clarke, Collisions Historiques, Painting

Bruce Clarke

Collisions Historiques, 2019
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,889

Piet Rodriguez, Salade (Claudias as Jupiter), Painting

Piet Rodriguez

Salade (Claudias as Jupiter), 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,889

James Earley, Joes' Wall, Painting

James Earley

Joes' Wall, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,829

CG Zao, Where is his beard? No.3, Painting

CG Zao

Where is his beard? No.3, 2016
44.9 x 57.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,806

Carmen Selma, Berty Albrecht, Painting

Carmen Selma

Berty Albrecht, 2018
28.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,926

Bernard Vié, L'interdit, Painting

Bernard Vié

L'interdit, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,926

Our recommendations Iván Castellón Quiroga, Pandemic, Painting

Iván Castellón Quiroga

Pandemic, 2020
45.3 x 45.3 inch
Painting

$1,926

Mathias Z, Le jeune Donald Trump, Painting

Mathias Z

Le jeune Donald Trump, 2020
45.7 x 31.9 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$1,806

Ewa Pronczuk Kuziak, Immensity, Painting

Ewa Pronczuk Kuziak

Immensity, 2013
39.4 x 47.2 inch
Painting

$3,010

Pietro Cascella, Proposition pour un drapeau, Painting

Pietro Cascella

Proposition pour un drapeau, 1968
16.1 x 24.4 inch
Painting

$2,167

Mr. SaveTheWall, La Pietà, Painting

Mr. SaveTheWall

La Pietà, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$2,167

Brigitte Koch, Regarder en face ou regarder ailleurs, Painting

Brigitte Koch

Regarder en face ou regarder ailleurs, 2020
47.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,889

Fredy Escobar Vega, Flowering, Painting

Fredy Escobar Vega

Flowering, 2017
63 x 51.2 inch
Painting

$3,371

Stanislav Belovski, Brezhnev, Painting

Stanislav Belovski

Brezhnev, 2018
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,167

Fabian Edelstam, Sheik Khalifa, Painting

Fabian Edelstam

Sheik Khalifa, 2021
23.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,330

Natasha Atanasova, The song of the mandolins, Painting

Natasha Atanasova

The song of the mandolins, 2018
27.6 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,565

Danny Brown, Seasons Change: Eternal Sunshine, Painting

Danny Brown

Seasons Change: Eternal Sunshine, 2020
12 x 9 inch
Painting

Sold

Ava Fathi, Sans titre (Afghanistan) - Série Journaux, Painting

Ava Fathi

Sans titre (Afghanistan) - Série Journaux, 2013
25.6 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$3,612

Daniel Gastaud, Oriental Battle, Painting

Daniel Gastaud

Oriental Battle, 2017
16.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,130

Mireille Vanhove-Dubois, Stop, Painting

Mireille Vanhove-Dubois

Stop, 2011
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,686

Mariano Rodriguez Cevallo, Movimiento Feminista, Painting

Mariano Rodriguez Cevallo

Movimiento Feminista, 2016
27.6 x 55.1 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,445

Jean Marzelle, 1971 La Commune Centenaire, Painting

Jean Marzelle

1971 La Commune Centenaire, 1971
13.8 x 12.6 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$3,552

Vladimir Shinkarev, Peter the Great finds Ekaterina with Menshikov, Painting

Vladimir Shinkarev

Peter the Great finds Ekaterina with Menshikov, 2000
22 x 28 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$12,040

Harry Walker, L'arène politique, Painting

Harry Walker

L'arène politique, 1972
32.3 x 24.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,926

David Decourcelle, Old Glory, Painting

David Decourcelle

Old Glory, 2021
31.9 x 45.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,794

Alain Rodier, Zapata, Painting

Alain Rodier

Zapata, 2017
39.4 x 29.5 x 1 inch
Painting

$3,010

Aziz Anzabi, Covid-19 orbit, Painting

Aziz Anzabi

Covid-19 orbit, 2020
26 x 40.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$12,040

Ofri Cnaani, Oriental landscapes/Visit Palestine IV, Painting

Ofri Cnaani

Oriental landscapes/Visit Palestine IV, 2008
18 x 24 inch
Painting

$6,020

Emmanuel Unaji, Ève and a Serpent, Painting

Emmanuel Unaji

Ève and a Serpent, 2019
39.4 x 29.5 inch
Painting

$1,445

Carla Sumarlidson, Fake News – 2 Dope Queens, Painting

Carla Sumarlidson

Fake News – 2 Dope Queens, 2020
60 x 48 x 2 inch
Painting

$8,428

Chanpenh Nget, Horizon des migrants, Painting

Chanpenh Nget

Horizon des migrants, 2020
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,926

Luc Duina, Coca Cola Empire, Painting

Luc Duina

Coca Cola Empire, 1986
38.2 x 29.1 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$1,144

Our recommendations Pracheta Ahana, The Whiny Woman, Painting

Pracheta Ahana

The Whiny Woman, 2020
31.9 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$60,966

Romeo Melikyan, Conflict #3, Painting

Romeo Melikyan

Conflict #3, 2017
39.4 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$6,381

Farkhat Sabirzyanov, Les outils, Painting

Farkhat Sabirzyanov

Les outils, 1971
24.2 x 34.1 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$1,023

Daniel Airam, Portrait flamand, Painting

Daniel Airam

Portrait flamand, 2016
25 x 23.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$6,622

Amarachi Okafor, How to be poor in the head, Painting

Amarachi Okafor

How to be poor in the head, 2020
31 x 41 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,500

Valery Chtak, Fuck Antiglobalism, Painting

Valery Chtak

Fuck Antiglobalism, 2007
39 x 46.1 x 1 inch
Painting

$4,816

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul, Femme assise (Le banc), Painting

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul

Femme assise (Le banc), 1964
32 x 22.75 inch
Painting

$195,000

Forman_ Act, Democracy means, look. listen, speak and fight for democacy and freedom and injustice, Painting

Forman_ Act

Democracy means, look. listen, speak and fight for democacy and freedom and injustice, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$12,040

Ola-Dele Kuku, Noah’s Grief (relapsed series IV/IV) build images, Painting

Ola-Dele Kuku

Noah’s Grief (relapsed series IV/IV) build images, 1998
31.5 x 47.2 x 0 inch
Painting

$17,337

Oh KYUNG HWAN, Situation 82, Painting

Oh KYUNG HWAN

Situation 82, 1982
47.2 x 35.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$11,979

Reinaldo Chavez, Red November, Painting

Reinaldo Chavez

Red November, 2020
59.1 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$2,528

Falonne Mambu, Le long Chemin, Painting

Falonne Mambu

Le long Chemin, 2020
39.4 x 76.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,612

Marta Zawadzka, Nelson Mandela, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

Nelson Mandela, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold

The opium smoking white elephant, Lakorn players, Bangkok, Painting

The opium smoking white elephant

Lakorn players, Bangkok, 2020
21.7 x 35.4 inch
Painting

$1,324

The opium smoking white elephant, Bangkok street scene, Painting

The opium smoking white elephant

Bangkok street scene, 2020
21.7 x 35.4 inch
Painting

$1,192 $1,324

The opium smoking white elephant, Prince Chulalongkorn and his servants, Painting

The opium smoking white elephant

Prince Chulalongkorn and his servants, 2020
21.7 x 35.4 inch
Painting

$1,324

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