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Famous Artists from Austria

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List of the most popular artists from Austria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Austrian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Austrian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Artists here include everyone from Wilhelm J. Burger to Josef Eduard Teltscher.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Austria?" and "Who are the most well-known Austrian artists?"

For further information on these historic Austrian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Austrian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.



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    Lucian Freud
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    Lucian Michael Freud, OM, CH was a German-born British painter. Known chiefly for his thickly impastoed portrait and figure paintings, he was widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time. His works are noted for their psychological penetration, and for their often discomforting ...more

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    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Realism, Realism, Surrealism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. With the rise of the Nazi Party, by 1938 Schoenberg's works were labelled as degenerate music because he was Jewish; he ...more

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    • Birthplace: Leopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria
    • Associated periods or movements: Der Blaue Reiter
    • Nationality: Austria, United States of America
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    Richard Neutra
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    Richard Joseph Neutra was an American architect. Living and building for the majority of his career in Southern California, he came to be considered among the most important modernist architects.more

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    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Nationality: Austria, United States of America
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    Egon Schiele
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    His first exhibit was at the 1909 Kunstschau in Vienna. From there on, he continued to show his work at exhibitions. Some of his well-known paintings illustrate his affinity toward nude women, such as in his 1910 painting Reclining Nude. He painted Portrait of Wally in 1912 during his love affair with ...more

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    • Birthplace: Tulln an der Donau, Austria
    • Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Vienna Secession
    • Nationality: Austria, Czech Republic
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Gustav Klimt
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    Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition to ...more

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    • Birthplace: Baumgarten, Vienna, Austria
    • Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau, Symbolist literature, Vienna Secession
    • Nationality: Austrian Empire
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Alfred Kubin
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    Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin was an Austrian printmaker, illustrator, and occasional writer. Kubin is considered an important representative of Symbolism and Expressionism.more

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    • Birthplace: Litoměřice, Severozápad, Czech Republic
    • Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: Austria
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist and architect. Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists by the end of the 20th century.more

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    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Nationality: Austria, New Zealand
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    Alexander Hammid born Alexandr Hackenschmied was a leading photographer, film director, cinematographer and editor in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1938 and became involved in American avant-garde cinema. He is best known known for his film, Crisis, Meshes of ...more

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    • Birthplace: Linz, Austria
    • Nationality: Austria, United States of America
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    Gottfried Helnwein is an Austrian born Austrian-Irish fine artist, painter, photographer, installation and performance artist. Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna. He was awarded the Master-class prize of the University of Visual Art, Vienna, the Kardinal-König prize and the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Associated periods or movements: Hyperrealism, Installation art
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland, Austria
    • Art Forms: Photography, Installation art, Painting
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    Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
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    Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg is a singer.more

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    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Nationality: Austria, Mexico
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    Ernst Haas
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    Ernst Haas was a photojournalist and a pioneering color photographer. During his 40-year career, the Austrian-born artist bridged the gap between photojournalism and the use of photography as a medium for expression and creativity. In addition to his prolific coverage of events around the globe after ...more

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    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Nationality: Austria
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    Oskar Kokoschka was an Austrian artist, poet and playwright best known for his intense expressionistic portraits and landscapes.more

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    • Birthplace: Pöchlarn, Austria
    • Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Vienna Secession
    • Nationality: Austria
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Angelica Kauffman
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    Angelica Kauffman, RA was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.more

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    • Birthplace: Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Canton of Graubünden
    • Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism
    • Nationality: Austria
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Manfred Kielnhofer
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    Manfred "KILI" Kielnhofer is an Austrian painter, sculptor and Photographer.more

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    • Birthplace: Haslach an der Mühl, Austria
    • Nationality: Austria
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Paul Flora

    Paul Flora is known for his black ink line drawings. "Flora was one of Europe’s most profiled illustrators since the 1960s. He worked for British newspapers The Times and The Observer as well as for Germany’s Die Zeit".more

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    • Birthplace: Glurns, Italy
    • Nationality: Austria
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    Stefan Sagmeister
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    Stefan Sagmeister is a New York-based graphic designer and typographer. Sagmeister co-founded a design firm called Sagmeister & Walsh Inc. with Jessica Walsh in New York City. He has designed album covers for Lou Reed, OK Go, The Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny.more

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    • Birthplace: Bregenz, Austria
    • Nationality: Austria
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    Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig, a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography. Weegee worked in Manhattan, New York City's Lower East Side as a press photographer during the 1930s and '40s, and he developed his signature style by following the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Zolochiv, Ukraine
    • Nationality: Austria, United States of America, Austria-Hungary
    • Art Forms: Photography
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    Peter Weibel is an Austrian artist, curator and theoretician.more

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    • Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
    • Nationality: Ukraine, Austria
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    Raoul Hausmann
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    Raoul Hausmann was an Austrian artist and writer. One of the key figures in Berlin Dada, his experimental photographic collages, sound poetry and institutional critiques would have a profound influence on the European Avant-Garde in the aftermath of World War I.more

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    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada
    • Nationality: Austria
    • Art Forms: Collage
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    Friedrich von Schmidt
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    Friedrich von Schmidt was an architect who worked in late 19th century Vienna. Von Schmidt was born in Frickenhofen, Gschwend, Württemberg, Germany. After studying at the technical high school in Stuttgart under Breymann and Mauch, he became, in 1845, one of the guild workers employed in building ...more

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    • Nationality: Austria, Germany
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