From the Renaissance to Pop Art, here are some of the most famous artists of all time. Unlike films, art isn’t something everybody understands. So it takes a lot for an artist to really disclose in the public mind and acquire a credit for being brilliant.
The truth is, to be distinguished as an artist implies that your work has survived the test of time, and that’s valid for our selection of the most famous artists considered here—some of who can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim, and several other areas. So, without further ado, here’s our list of the most famous artists of all time.
Beginning out as a commercial artist, he brought the ethos of promotion into fine art, even going so far as to say, “Making money is art.” Such attitudes blew away the existential declarations of Abstract Expressionism. Although he’s recognized for captions such as Campbell’s Soup, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley, his greatest invention was himself.
Pablo Picasso is implicitly synonymous with modern art, and it doesn’t hurt that he fits the generally held image of the fugitive genius whose goals are balanced by a taste for living big. He turned the field of art history with radical innovations that include college and Cubism, which destroyed the stranglehold of representational material matter on art, and set the rate for other 20th-century artists.
Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh is known for being psychologically unstable, but his arts are among the most famous and popular of all time. Van Gogh’s technique of painting with flurries of thick brushstrokes made up of vivid colors squeezed straight from the tube would inspire subsequent generations of artists.
Leonardo da Vinci
The original Renaissance Man, Leonardo is known as a genius, not only for masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and The Lady with an Ermine but also for his designs of technologies (aircraft, tanks, automobile) that were five hundred years in the future.
Michelangelo was a triple threat: A painter (the Sistine Ceiling), a sculptor (the David and Pietà) and architect (St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome). Make that a quadruple warning since he also wrote poetry. Aside from the aforementioned Sistine Ceiling, St. Peter’s Basilica and Pietà, there was his tomb for Pope Julian II and the design for the Laurentian Library at San Lorenzo’s Church.
No artist is as intimately attached to the delights of color as Henri Matisse. His work was all about twisted curves rooted in the ideas of symbolic art and was constantly concentrated on the beguiling satisfaction of color and tone.
Hindered by addiction, self-doubt, and awkwardness as a conventional painter, Pollock transformed his faults in a short but intense period between 1947 and 1950 when he performed the drip ideas that connected his fame. Avoiding the easel to lay his paintings flat on the floor, he used house paint right from the can, throwing and dropping thin skeins of pigment that left behind a solid record of his movements.
One of the most famous artists in history, this Dutch Master is accountable for masterworks such as The Night Watch and Doctor Nicolaes Tulp’s Demonstration of the Anatomy of the Arm. But he is especially acknowledged for representations in which he showed an incredible knowledge to extract the inner feelings of his subjects.
I scream, you scream we all scream for Munch’s The Scream, the Mona Lisa of anxiety. In 2012, a pastel variant of Edvard Munch’s iconic invocation of modern anxiety got a then-astronomical price of $120 million at auction. Munch’s career was more than just a single painting.
Perhaps the best-known artist amidst the Impressionists, Monet conquered the varying influences of light on the panorama by bright shards of color produced as quickly painted strokes. Furthermore, his many thoughts of haystacks and other subjects anticipated the use of serial comparison in Pop Art and Minimalism.