The most expensive paintings sold in Europe, in one gorgeous map

Created by, a cost information site, this map shows the most expensive art works ever created by an artist of that nationality or painted in that country. The authors have created maps for other continents as well, but the European map is probably the most interesting, for its diversity of color and name recognition.

Topping the list of the continent’s most expensive paintings is “Les Femmes d’Alger” (“The Women of Algiers”) by Picasso of Spain. Despite being one of Picasso’s less famous works, the painting sold in May for $179 million, a new world record — prompting commentators to ask, “Is any painting really worth $179m?”

The rest of the list also reads like a Who’s Who of art: Works by Edvard Munch of Norway, Gustav Klimt of Austria, Britain’s Francis Bacon, Van Gogh of the Netherlands, Gerhard Richter from Germany, Amedeo Modigliani from Italy, Peter Paul Rubens of Belgium and Kazimir Severinovich Malevich of Russia.

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