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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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Muriel Charbonnier, La Machine, Painting

Muriel Charbonnier

La Machine, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$2,867

Bernard Rancillac, Guevara + che, Painting

Bernard Rancillac

Guevara + che, 2004
62.4 x 42.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$11,170

James Earley, Haiti's Revolution, Painting

James Earley

Haiti's Revolution, 2021
20.1 x 29.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,225

Fredy Escobar Vega, Flowering, Painting

Fredy Escobar Vega

Flowering, 2017
63 x 51.2 inch
Painting

$3,475

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

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul

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

$195,000

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

$17,872

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

$1,613

William Bakaïmo, Love is perfect, Painting

William Bakaïmo

Love is perfect, 2019
51.2 x 55.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$4,840

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

$1,525

Andrée Bars, La fin de l'innocence, Painting

Andrée Bars

La fin de l'innocence, 2017
35 x 45.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$9,308

Claudius Seignol, Départ des fantassins pour la guerre de 14, Painting

Claudius Seignol

Départ des fantassins pour la guerre de 14, 1914
21.5 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,823

Béatrice Bescond, N.Y. 2001, Painting

Béatrice Bescond

N.Y. 2001, 2002
51.2 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$9,308

Valérie  Rauchbach, Le Che, Painting

Valérie Rauchbach

Le Che, 2007
47.2 x 47.2 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$2,482

Joakim Hansen, Opération Suède, Painting

Joakim Hansen

Opération Suède, 2003
78.7 x 78.7 inch
Painting

$6,156 $7,695

Stamatis Theoharis, Hercules MMXVII, Painting

Stamatis Theoharis

Hercules MMXVII, 2017
19.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,539

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

$1,694

Andreas Von Gehr, Political déco III, Painting

Andreas Von Gehr

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

$1,613

Our recommendations Kan, Napoléon doing his Napoléon, Painting

Kan

Napoléon doing his Napoléon, 2020
57.5 x 38.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$7,447

Our recommendations Bastien Cuenot, Napoléon, Painting

Bastien Cuenot

Napoléon, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,475

Lee Berthille, La magie, Painting

Lee Berthille

La magie, 2020
14.9 x 17.8 x 0.9 inch
Painting

$496

Virut Panchabuse, Donald Trump - American Idiot, Painting

Virut Panchabuse

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

$12,411

VLP Vive La Peinture, Savuka Juluka, Painting

VLP Vive La Peinture

Savuka Juluka, 1988
76.8 x 102.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$31,028

Bruce Clarke, Collisions Historiques, Painting

Bruce Clarke

Collisions Historiques, 2019
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,979

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

$1,862

Jean-Michel Zazzi, La Caïta 2. La liberté. Camp de Gurs. 1937, Painting

Jean-Michel Zazzi

La Caïta 2. La liberté. Camp de Gurs. 1937, 2018
45.3 x 30.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$323 $645

Vincent Loisy, Riot (1), Painting

Vincent Loisy

Riot (1), 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,103

Renelio Marin, A Sign of Peace, Painting

Renelio Marin

A Sign of Peace, 2014
72 x 92 inch
Painting

$25,000

André Guillarmain, La bataille d'Anghiari, Painting

André Guillarmain

La bataille d'Anghiari, 2018
78.7 x 118.1 x 1 inch
Painting

$22,340

The opium smoking white elephant, Moine bouddhiste avec un jeune novice, Painting

The opium smoking white elephant

Moine bouddhiste avec un jeune novice, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Painting

$1,365

Caroline Issert, Réminiscence 1, Painting

Caroline Issert

Réminiscence 1, 2008
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,855

Fernando Alday, Catalunya 2, Painting

Fernando Alday

Catalunya 2, 2018
15.6 x 11.6 inch
Painting

$310

Our recommendations Joze Ciuha, Guerre La frontière / War The border, Painting

Joze Ciuha

Guerre La frontière / War The border, 1995
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$24,202

Mathias Z, Le jeune Donald Trump, Painting

Mathias Z

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

$1,862

Ewa Pronczuk Kuziak, Immensity, Painting

Ewa Pronczuk Kuziak

Immensity, 2013
39.4 x 47.2 inch
Painting

$3,103

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

$12,411

Pietro Cascella, Proposition pour un drapeau, Painting

Pietro Cascella

Proposition pour un drapeau, 1968
16.1 x 24.4 inch
Painting

$2,234

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

Jean Marzelle, La Commune Centenaire, Painting

Jean Marzelle

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

$1,179

Enrico Sacchetti, Ancient Egypt, Painting

Enrico Sacchetti

Ancient Egypt, 1930
21.3 x 28.3 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$1,862

Louis Souchet, NELSON, Painting

Louis Souchet

NELSON, 2013
25.6 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$12,535

Our recommendations Zhengyong Liu, Nelson Mandela, Painting

Zhengyong Liu

Nelson Mandela, 2015
94.5 x 86.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$34,751

Mr. SaveTheWall, La Pietà, Painting

Mr. SaveTheWall

La Pietà, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$2,234

Daniel Gastaud, Oriental Battle, Painting

Daniel Gastaud

Oriental Battle, 2017
16.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,227

Mariano Rodriguez Cevallo, Movimiento Feminista, Painting

Mariano Rodriguez Cevallo

Movimiento Feminista, 2016
27.6 x 55.1 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,489

Chanpenh Nget, Horizon des migrants, Painting

Chanpenh Nget

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

$1,986

Luc Duina, Coca Cola Empire, Painting

Luc Duina

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

$1,179

Romeo Melikyan, Conflict #3, Painting

Romeo Melikyan

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

$5,789 $6,578

Ofri Cnaani, Oriental landscapes/Visit Palestine IV, Painting

Ofri Cnaani

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

$6,206

Sana Hichri, Passé et mystère du présent, Painting

Sana Hichri

Passé et mystère du présent, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$9,929

Harry Walker, L'arène politique, Painting

Harry Walker

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

$1,986

Cécile Guth, Aung San Suu Kyi et la Liberté, Painting

Cécile Guth

Aung San Suu Kyi et la Liberté, 2016
13 x 9.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$745

Ava Fathi, Sans titre (Crise économique grecque) - Série Journaux, Painting

Ava Fathi

Sans titre (Crise économique grecque) - Série Journaux, 2013
25.6 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$3,723

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

$12,411

Mireille Vanhove-Dubois, Stop, Painting

Mireille Vanhove-Dubois

Stop, 2011
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,738

Our recommendations Pracheta Ahana, The Whiny Woman, Painting

Pracheta Ahana

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

$62,605

Arantxa Arratibel, Gernika, Painting

Arantxa Arratibel

Gernika, 2018
49.2 x 110.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$90,601 $124,112

Martine d'Olivo, Sans titre, Painting

Martine d'Olivo

Sans titre, 2011
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$459

Oh KYUNG HWAN, Situation 82, Painting

Oh KYUNG HWAN

Situation 82, 1982
35.4 x 47.2 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$12,349

Valery Chtak, Fuck Antiglobalism, Painting

Valery Chtak

Fuck Antiglobalism, 2007
39 x 46.1 x 1 inch
Painting

$4,964

Carla Sumarlidson, Fake News – 2 Dope Queens, Painting

Carla Sumarlidson

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

$8,688

ARySQUE, Agora, Painting

ARySQUE

Agora, 2012
45.7 x 57.5 x 1 inch
Painting

$2,358

Jean Tourlonias, Spéciale Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Painting

Jean Tourlonias

Spéciale Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, 1995
25.6 x 36.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,213

Gary John, Building The Road To Space, Painting

Gary John

Building The Road To Space, 2017
14.5 x 10.75 inch
Painting

$260

Jean-Jacques Venturini, Free Tibet, Painting

Jean-Jacques Venturini

Free Tibet, 2009
31.9 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,986

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