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 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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
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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: Europe, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe, Leopoldstadt
    • Associated periods or movements: Der Blaue Reiter
    • Nationality: Austria, United States of America
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    Richard Neutra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
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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: Europe, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe
    • Nationality: Austria, United States of America
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    Egon Schiele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
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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, Europe, Austria, Central Europe, Lower Austria
    • Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Vienna Secession
    • Nationality: Austria, Czech Republic
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Gustav Klimt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
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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: Europe, Austria, Baumgarten, Vienna, Central Europe
    • Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau, Symbolist literature, Vienna Secession
    • Nationality: Austrian Empire
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Alfred Kubin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
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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: Europe, Litoměřice, Litoměřice District, Czech Republic, Central Europe, + more
    • 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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    Alexandr Hackenschmied is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
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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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