In addition to the magnificent works of art that have been completed and presented in today’s world, there are also works of art that have unfortunately not been completed for various reasons. There are, of course, many reasons for the abandonment of these works, many of which we do not even know about. Sometimes, the health of artists does not allow them to continue, sometimes they shift their interest to other fields, and most of the time we do not know why these works are incomplete. However, in almost all of them, we cannot stop thinking about how would they be, if these works had not been left unfinished.
Here are some of the most important works of art that have become more popular because of being incomplete.
1) St. Jerome In The Wilderness – Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci, who sees himself as an engineer rather than a painter, has unfortunately abandoned most of his works because of this reason. The painting “St. Jerome In The Wilderness” which he began to do in 1480s is one of the works he left unfinished. The painting, which was thought to have remained with him until the death of the painter, was lost at some point and even divided into pieces, but later it was combined and restored and started to be exhibited in a museum. The work reflects Vinci’s artistic style and is one of the perfect formations of art with its simplicity, even if it is not completed…
2) Symphony No. 8 In B Minor – Franz Schubert
Symphony no. 8 In B Minor was composed by Schubert in 1822 at the age of 25. Unfortunately, the remaining part of this composition, Franz Schubert’s most daring work, could not be completed in the remaining six years. Hüttenbrenner, a close friend of the artist, hid this unfinished piece and, in his old age, told Johann Herbeck, director of the Vienna Friends of Music Association. Finally, when Herbeck allowed the song to be published in 1865, it was played for the first time by the Viena Music Orchestra. Unfortunately, Schubert, who died at the age of 31 in 1828, was never able to listen to the release of his Unfinished Symphony.
3) Requiem – Mozart
Perhaps the most popular unfinished work of art is Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Requiem, a religious mourning and translated into our language as a prayer of death, began to be composed in 1791, but unfortunately the artist’s disease and subsequent death prevented it from being completed. Mozart was able to finish only the intro part of this song, which would perhaps be his masterpiece.
4) George Washington (The Athenaeum Portrait) – Gilbert Stuart
One of America’s leading portrait painters, Gilbert Stuart’s best-known work is known as The Athenaeum, a portrait of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America and one of its Founding Fathers. Gilbert began painting in 1796 and was unable to complete it with his death in 1828. This portrait has become so popular that, for many years, it has been behind the United States’ one dollar bill.
5) La Sagrada Família – Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia is a Catholic church whose construction began in 1882 with a distinctive design by architect Francesc del Villar. What makes this church different is that it has not been completed for more than a century. The church, which was initially delayed due to disagreements between the architect and the foundation managers who built the church, and later due to the size of the structure and the difficulty of the plans, entered into a waiting process because of the change of the whole design with Gaudi’s involvement in the project. Gaudi, who spent the last 14 years of his life living and working here, died in 1926 and only a small part of the church became available. When the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936, the construction of the church paused, and it was resumed in the 1950s with a group of architects. Although the church was blessed by the Pope in 2010, it is planned to be announced of its completion and full opening in 2026, Gaudi’s 100th anniversary.