For the second year running, we checked Google Analytics to find out which works of art in our Collection Online garnered the most views. This year’s list has some surprises, and differs from 2012 in a few noteworthy ways. For one thing, the number-one piece could hardly be more different: last year, Richard Serra’s massive sculpture Torqued Spiral (Open Left Closed Right) held the top spot; in 2013, the most-viewed work is a self-portrait by photographer Nan Goldin (see above), thanks in large part to the Guardian’s roundup of the ten best photographic self-portraits.
Also, while the majority of 2012’s selections came from the early 20th century, this year’s favorites move into mid-century: 2013’s list includes a 1962 nude by Harold Stevenson, along with two pieces by Jackson Pollock.
Looking at these ten works, do you notice any of your own favorites? Are there pieces not on the list that you feel deserve more attention from online viewers? Share your thoughts in the comments—and click the titles below to see more images and learn about these works of art.
- Nan Goldin (b. 1953, Washington, D.C.), Self-portrait with milagro, The Lodge, Belmont, MA, 1988.
- Francis Bacon (b. 1909, Dublin; d. 1992, Madrid), Three Studies for a Crucifixion, March 1962.
- Jackson Pollock (b. 1912, Cody, Wyoming; d. 1956, The Springs, New York), Enchanted Forest, 1947.
- René Magritte (b. 1898, Lessines, Belgium; d. 1967, Brussels, Belgium), Empire of Light (L’Empire des lumières), 1953–54.
- Harold Stevenson (b. 1929, Idabel, Oklahoma), The New Adam, 1962.
- Pablo Picasso (b. 1881, Málaga, Spain; d. 1973, Mougins, France), Le Moulin de la Galette, Paris, autumn 1900.
- Jackson Pollock, The Moon Woman, 1942.
- Marc Chagall (b. 1887, Vitebsk, Belorussia (Belarus); d. 1985, Saint-Paul de Vence, France), Paris Through the Window (Paris par la fenêtre), 1913.
- Pablo Picasso, Mandolin and Guitar (Mandoline et guitare), Juan-les-Pins, 1924.
- Vasily Kandinsky (b. 1866, Moscow, Russia; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France), Improvisation 28 (second version) (Improvisation 28 [zweite Fassung]), 1912.