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10 Famous Artists You Should Know About!

  1. Vincent Van Gogh – Known as the mad genius behind the gem ‘The Starry Night’, Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter who created nearly 2100 Vincent Van Gogh painting in the span of a decade. With his impressive control on brushstrokes and bold use of colors, he set the foundation for modern art. A lot of the Vincent Van Gogh art came to the limelight only after he committed suicide in 1890 after suffering from a long bout of mental illness.
  2. Paul Gauguin – Meet the mad genius Vincent van Gogh’s dear friend Paul Gauguin who was not only a painter but a writer, sculptor, ceramist, and also a printmaker. He was one of the many French Post-Impressionist artists who was known for his Synthetist style. His famous Tahitian themed Paul Gauguin paintings emerged after his self-imposed exile in French Polynesia.
  3. Henri Rousseau – A lover of lush green leaves, exotic jungles, animals, and a man with impressive creativity Henri Rousseau was a self-taught French post-impressionist artist. Henri Rousseau paintings were ridiculed by art critics for their seemingly childlike work. It was his Naïve and Primitive styled Henri Rousseau art that impressed the likes of artists like Pablo Picasso. He started painting at the age of 40 and learned to manifest his jungle themes painting without even having visited a jungle ever!
  4. Michelangelo – Chiefly a sculptor and the most documented artist of the 16th century, we present to you Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti. An Italian painter, sculptor, and architect who is known to have a major influence on Western Art. His best-known paintings, scenes from Genesis and The Last Judgement, adorn the ceiling of the Sistine chapel and his flawless sculptures of Pietà and David are easily the most recognizable sculptures.
  5. Pablo Picasso – Moving from Western art to modern art, one should definitely know about Pablo Picasso. He is known as the most influential artist of the 20th century and the founder of the Cubism movement. In his entire life, he has contributed immensely by producing his work and experimenting with various styles and techniques; one of the most famous paintings in the world, Guernica, is a Pablo Picasso work.
  6. Edvard Munch – The creator of the world-famous painting ‘The Scream’ is a Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch. Affected with psychological problems the majority of his life, Munch created art that was based on Symbolism and Expressionism. While spending a lot of time under the guidance of nihilist Hans Jæger, he learned how to manifest his feelings and emotions through paintings.
  7. Leonardo da Vinci – If there’s one painting that everyone recognizes, at first sight, it has to be Mona Lisa and the person behind this masterpiece was Leonardo da Vinci. He was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect amongst many other things; he was known as a polymath who delved into various subjects in order to solve problems and infused scientific technicalities to study his subjects.
  8. Johannes Vermeer – An artist who has left behind very few and rare paintings, Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter who started with painting mythological and biblical painting eventually getting famous for painting daily life scenes in interior settings. He was known for painting with expensive pigments and carefully working with light which ultimately produced world-famous paintings like ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’.
  9. Gustav Klimt – Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter who is accredited for starting a school of painting known as the Vienna Secession in 1897. He famously painted ‘The Kiss’ which was an amalgamation of paint and gold leaf; that very style of highlighting eroticism and the female body in his paintings was highly criticized and rejected by art critics.
  10. Frida Kahlo – Her work has been at the forefront of LGBTQ+ and feminism movements and she also happens to be one of the very few female artists to make an impact in the world of modern art Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for herself portraits and her Mexican folk cultured themes paintings which dealt with the subjects of gender, class, race, etc.