Famous American Modernism Artists Artists

Famous American Modernism Artists

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List of famous American modernism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the American modernism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable American modernism period artists are organized alphabetically, but you may sort this information by clicking any column. Every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You may copy this list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your views, then publish it to share with your friends. The list you're viewing is made up of many different artists, including John Marin and Abraham Walkowitz. (20 items)


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    Andrew Dasburg
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    Andrew Michael Dasburg was an American modernist painter and "one of America's leading early exponents of cubism".more

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    • Artworks: Improvisation, November in New Mexico
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Cubism, American modernism
    • Nationality: France, United States of America, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Thomas Hart Benton
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    Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. Though his work is strongly ...more

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    • Artworks: Homestead
    • Birthplace: Neosho, Missouri, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Regionalism, American modernism, Social realism, American realism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Georgia O'Keeffe
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    Georgia Totto O'Keeffe was an American artist. Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916. She is best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O'Keeffe has been recognized as the ...more

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    • Artworks: Cow's Skull with Calico Roses, The Black Place, Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue, + more
    • Birthplace: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    John Marin
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    John Marin was an early American modernist artist. He is known for his abstract landscapes and watercolors.more

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    • Artworks: Brooklyn Bridge, Maine Islands, Hurricane, The Sea--Cape Split, Maine, + more
    • Birthplace: Rutherford, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Alfred Stieglitz
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    Alfred Stieglitz was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. In addition to his photography, Stieglitz is known for the New York art galleries that he ran in the early part of the 20th century, where he ...more

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    • Artworks: Lake George, The Hand of Man, The Steerage, From My Window at the Shelton, West, + more
    • Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Photography
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    Paul Strand
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    Paul Strand was an American photographer and filmmaker who, along with fellow modernist photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, helped establish photography as an art form in the 20th century. His diverse body of work, spanning six decades, covers numerous genres and subjects throughout ...more

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    • Artworks: The Court, New York, Double Akeley, New York, Village, + more
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Photography
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    Joseph Stella
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    Joseph Stella was an Italian-born American Futurist painter best known for his depictions of industrial America, especially his images of the Brooklyn Bridge. He is also associated with the American Precisionist movement of the 1910s–1940s.more

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    • Artworks: Bridge, By Products Plants, A Vision
    • Birthplace: Muro Lucano, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism, Futurism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Charles Sheeler
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    Charles Sheeler was an American painter and commercial photographer. He is recognized as one of the founders of American modernism and one of the master photographers of the 20th century.more

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    • Artworks: Side of White Barn, Doylestown House - Stairway, Open Door, Ford Plant - Blast Furnace and Dust Catcher, Chartres -- Flying Buttresses, + more
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Photography, Painting
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    Charles Demuth
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    Charles Demuth was an American watercolorist who turned to oils late in his career, developing a style of painting known as Precisionism. "Search the history of American art," wrote Ken Johnson in The New York Times, "and you will discover few watercolors more beautiful than those of Charles Demuth.more

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    • Artworks: Eggplant and Green Pepper, Sail: In Two Movements, Trees and Barns: Bermuda, I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, Eggplant, + more
    • Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Modernism, American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Stuart Davis

    Stuart Davis
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    Stuart Davis, was an early American modernist painter. He was well known for his jazz-influenced, proto pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s, bold, brash, and colorful, as well as his ashcan pictures in the early years of the 20th century.more

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    • Artworks: Saw, Lucky Strike, Deuce, Visa, Odol, + more
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Alfred Henry Maurer
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    Alfred Henry Maurer was an American modernist painter. He exhibited his work in avant-garde circles internationally and in New York City during the early twentieth century. Highly respected today, his work met with little critical or commercial success in his lifetime, and he died, a suicide, at the age ...more

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    • Artworks: Self-Portrait, Two Sisters, An Arrangement
    • Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    William Zorach

    William Zorach
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    William Zorach was a Lithuanian-born American sculptor, painter, printmaker, and writer. He won the Logan Medal of the arts.more

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    • Artworks: Dahlov (formerly, The Artist's Daughter), Father and Son, Summer (recto)
    • Birthplace: Jurbarkas, Lithuania
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking
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    Marsden Hartley
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    Marsden Hartley was an American Modernist painter, poet, and essayist.more

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    • Artworks: Provincetown, Jetty Seen through a Window, Still Life (The Lily), The Last of New England--The Beginning of New Mexico, Movements, + more
    • Birthplace: Lewiston, Maine, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Arthur Dove
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    Arthur Garfield Dove was an American artist. An early American modernist, he is often considered the first American abstract painter. Arthur Dove used a wide range of media, sometimes in unconventional combinations to produce his abstractions and his abstract landscapes. Me and the Moon from 1937 is a ...more

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    • Artworks: Silver Ball No. 2, Swing Music (Louis Armstrong), Telegraph pole, Silver Tanks, The Intellectual, + more
    • Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Abraham Walkowitz
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    Abraham Walkowitz was an American painter grouped in with early American Modernists working in the Modernist style.more

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    • Birthplace: Tyumen, Russia
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Mauricio Lasansky

    Mauricio Lasansky
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    Mauricio Lasansky was an American graphic artist and printmaker. He was one of the few modern artists who have limited their works almost exclusively to the graphic media. Due to his early contributions in the development of graphic techniques and his dedication to printmaking, Lasansky is considered to ...more

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    • Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Printmaking, Drawing
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    Max Weber
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    Max Weber was a Jewish-American painter and one of the first American Cubist painters who, in later life, turned to more figurative Jewish themes in his art. He is best known today for Chinese Restaurant, in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, "the finest canvas of his Cubist phase," ...more

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    • Birthplace: Białystok, Poland
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Julian Hatton

    Julian Burroughs Hatton III is an American landscape abstract artist from New York City whose paintings have appeared in galleries in the United States and France. The New York Times described his painting style as "vibrant, playful, semi-abstract landscapes" while New York Sun art critic John Goodrich ...more

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    • Birthplace: Grand Haven, Michigan, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Fauvism, Abstract expressionism, American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Russ Warren

    Russ Warren is a contemporary figurative painter who has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, notably in the 1981 Whitney Biennial and the 1984 Venice Biennale. A painter in the Neo-Expressionist style, he has drawn inspiration from Spanish masters such as Velázquez, Goya and Picasso, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Katherine Nash Rhoades

    Katherine Nash Rhoades (1885 - 1965) was an American Modernist painter.more

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    • Associated periods or movements: American modernism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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