Visual Artist Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists

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List of famous Abstract expressionism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Abstract expressionism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Abstract expressionism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Abstract expressionism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

List ranges from Jackson Pollock to Jasper Johns, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Abstract expressionism artists?" and "Who are the best Abstract expressionism artists?"

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use the artists in this list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you belong to. (78 items)
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Jackson Pollock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Paul Jackson Pollock, known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting. During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety, a major artist of his ...more

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Artworks: No. 5, 1948, Untitled, Bird Stenographic Figure, + more

Birthplace: Cody, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Mark Rothko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists. ...more

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Artworks: Green and Maroon, Ochre and Red on Red, Orange and Red on Red, Green and Tangerine on Red No. 10, + more

Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia

Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America, Russian Empire

Art Forms: Painting

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Jacques Rosas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Living Abstract Expressionist and founder of legendary Shop Studios
Franz Kline is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Franz Kline


Franz Kline was an American painter born in Pennsylvania. He is mainly associated with the abstract expressionist movement of the 1940s and 1950s. Kline, along with other action painters like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell and Lee Krasner, as well as other poets, dancers, and ...more

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Artworks: Le Gros, Chief, Painting Number 2, Untitled Lehigh V Span, + more

Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Clyfford Still is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Clyfford Still


Clyfford Still was an American painter, and one of the leading figures in the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. Still has been credited with laying the groundwork for the movement, as his ...more

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Artworks: 1944-G, 1950-K-No. 1, Untitled, 1951-T No. 3 Untitled, + more

Birthplace: Grandin, North Dakota, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Robert Motherwell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Robert Motherwell


Robert Motherwell was an American painter, printmaker, and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School, which also included Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. ...more

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Artworks: Untitled (Figuration), Untitled (Ultramarine), Open No. 11 (In Raw Sienna with Gray), Personage with Yellow Ochre and White, + more

Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking

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Joan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Joan Mitchell


Joan Mitchell was a "second generation" abstract expressionist painter and printmaker. She was an essential member of the American Abstract expressionist movement, even though much of her career took place in France. Along with Lee Krasner, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler and Sonia Gechtoff, she ...more

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Artworks: Ladybug, Untitled, No Rain, Untitled Untitled, + more

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking

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Robert Rauschenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Robert Rauschenberg


Robert Rauschenberg did not originally set out to become an artist. Born in Texas in the 1920s, Rauschenberg grew up in a fairly strict and frugal Christian household. As a teenager, he hoped to become a minister. However, he eventually switched paths. Rauschenberg attended the University of Texas ...more

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Artworks: Lincoln, Dam, Whale, Moon Museum Untitled (Glossy Black Painting), + more

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Port Arthur

Associated periods or movements: Mixed media, Abstract expressionism, Neo-Dada, Postmodernism Pop art

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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