List of the most popular artists from Germany, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Be sure to also check out weird quirks of history's greatest artists and famous surrealist artists. 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 German 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 German artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.
This list below has everything from Paul Klee to Hans Bellmer.
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Paul Klee was a Swiss-German painter. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually deeply explored color theory, writing about it extensively; his lectures ...more
Birthplace: Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism, + more
Art Forms: Painting, Drawingsee more on Paul Klee
Hans Bellmer was a German artist, best known for the life-sized pubescent female dolls he produced in the mid-1930s. Historians of art and photography also consider him a Surrealist photographer. ...more
Birthplace: Katowice, Poland
Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
Nationality: France, Germany
Art Forms: Paintingsee more on Hans Bellmer
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
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Realism, Realism, Surrealism, Expressionism
Nationality: United Kingdom
Art Forms: Paintingsee more on Lucian Freud
Lyonel Charles Feininger was a German-American painter, and a leading exponent of Expressionism. He also worked as a caricaturist and comic strip artist. He was born and grew up in New York City, traveling to Germany at 16 to study and perfect his art. He started his career as a cartoonist in 1894 ...more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Die Brücke, Cubism, Expressionism
Nationality: United States of America, Germany
Art Forms: Paintingsee more on Lyonel Feininger