Photographs of 50 Painters’ Palettes from Picasso to Van Gogh

Pablo Picasso

Painters’ palettes give us a glimpse into their process and even allows us to imagine the artists holding it while creating one of their significant pieces. Matthias Schaller has given us such a glimpse with his project of photographs of painters palettes including Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Munch, Kahlo, Matisse, Cézanne, Dali, Mondrian, and many more.

Matthias Schaller finds art in the tools of artists and humanity in people-less places. … His particular sort of “indirect” portraiture suggests that the marks we make and the traces we leave behind reveal as much about us as our actual physical presence.

It’s difficult to disagree with such an assertion when looking at Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece). These large-format photographs of painters’ palettes are undeniably linked to the art they produced. Francis Bacon’s palette is gloomy and elemental much like his own raw imagery, Van Gogh’s is packed with vibrant, lively lines, whereas Eugène Delacroix’s is meticulously constructed. [The Telegraph]

Vincent van Gogh


Salvador Dalí


Claude Monet


Frida Kahlo


Edgar Degas


Edvard Munch


Édouard Manet


Pierre-Auguste Renoir



Francis Bacon


Camille Pissarro


Wassily Kandinsky


Piet Mondrian


Paul Klee


Paul Cézanne


Henri Matisse


Fernand Léger


Eugène Delacroix


Ernst Ludwig Kirchner


Emil Nolde


Édouard Vuillard


Cy Twombly


Camille Corot




Asger Jorn


Alphonse Mucha


Alexei Jawlensky


Alberto Giacometti


Albert Marquet


Yves Klein


Pierre Bonnard


Otto Modersohn


Oskar Kokoschka


Natalia Goncharova


Max Beckmann


Marc Chagall


John Singer Sargent


John Constable


Joan Miró


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


Gustave Moreau


Gustave Courbet


Giovanni Segantini


Giorgio Morandi


Giorgio de Chirico


Gino Severini


Georges Seurat


Georges Braque


JMW Turner

* Via The Telegraph.