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Great Painters Throughout History: An App Education in the Fine Arts

Before hitting the museum, get up close and personal with the magnificent works of van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, and Monet on your iOS or Android mobile device. These apps for smartphones and tablets will serve as your comprehensive guide to some of the greatest paintings of all time.

Whether you're an art lover looking to get lost in a complete collection of works or a newbie hoping for a thorough introduction, these beautifully crafted interactive apps will suit your every art history need.

Vincent van Gogh

  • Van Gogh's Dream ($10) — This iPad-only app is a new, high-resolution window into the life and work of van Gogh. Read his letters, study his technique, and get a closer look at his complete body of work with this interactive mix of audio, video, and text.
  • Flowers for Van Gogh ($1) — Not sure if you want to spend $10 on Van Gogh's Dream? Don't miss this iPad-only preview to the app.
  • Van Gogh HD ($1) — View HD paintings, plus educational info, and bookmark your favorites in this complete reference for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
  • Van Gogh Gallery (free) — Android users can refer to this app for all their van Gogh questions. With over 800 paintings, including the title, where it was painted, year, and current museum location, this egallery is about as comprehensive as it gets.

Edgar Degas

  • Degas and the Ballet ($3) — The Royal Academy of Arts in London has never been more artfully represented than in the works of Degas. The app for iPhone and iPad features slideshows, videos, and audio of the corresponding exhibition's key works.
  • Drawings: Degas ($1) — Degas was also skilled at pastels and charcoal. This app for iPhone and iPad features some of his greatest drawings on paper.
  • Edgar Degas (free) — This Android app includes the artist's most notable works, plus a biography and painting information.

Pablo Picasso

  • Picasso Gallery ($4) — This iPhone and iPad app features the artist's paintings, sculptures, prints, and more. Add notes on your favorite pieces, compare works, and share favorites with friends.
  • Pablo Picasso Wallpapers (free) — Choose from 30 handpicked, high-res images of Picasso's work to use as a wallpaper for your Android device.

Claude Monet

  • Best of Monet ($1) — All the paintings of Monet, in the palm of your hand. In this app for iPhone and iPad, share your favorites via email or Facebook, or save them to your Camera Roll.
  • Gallery Monet ($1) — This Android app has over 180 paintings that can be saved as wallpaper for your device.

After soaking up all this inspiration, start creating on your own with 10 essential apps for the mobile artist.

Is your favorite painter missing from this list? Tell us the artist you'd like to see included in the comments!

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