Famous Artists from Germany

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List of the most popular artists from Germany, 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 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 Bernhard Plockhorst to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

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

For further information on these historic German artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated German artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
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    Paul Klee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Germany
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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 Writings on ...more

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    • Birthplace: Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Münchenbuchsee, Canton of Bern
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Hans Bellmer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Germany
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    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

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    • Birthplace: Katowice, Poland
    • Nationality: France, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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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
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Lyonel Feininger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Germany
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    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 and ...more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Joseph Beuys was a German Fluxus, happening and performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist and pedagogue of art. His extensive work is grounded in concepts of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy; it culminates in his "extended definition of art" ...more

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    • Birthplace: Krefeld, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Performance, Sculpture
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    Caspar David Friedrich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Germany
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    Caspar David Friedrich was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Greifswald, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Max Ernst is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Germany
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    Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism. more

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    • Birthplace: Brühl, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Albrecht Dürer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Germany
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    Albrecht Dürer was a German painter, printmaker, mathematician, and theorist from Nuremberg. His high-quality woodcuts established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance. His ...more

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    • Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
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