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Famous Dada Artists

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List of famous Dada artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Dada movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Dada 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 want to copy this list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use regularly. This list is made up of artists like Man Ray and Theo van Doesburg. (21 items)


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    Salvador Dalí
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    Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol, known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills ...more

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    • Artworks: The Persistence of Memory, Galatea of the Spheres, The Burning Giraffe, Metamorphosis of Narcissus, Tuna Fishing, + more
    • Birthplace: Figueres, Spain
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Cubism, Surrealism
    • Nationality: Spain
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Painting, Drawing
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    Marcel Janco was a Romanian and Israeli visual artist, architect and art theorist. He was the co-inventor of Dadaism and a leading exponent of Constructivism in Eastern Europe. In the 1910s, he co-edited, with Ion Vinea and Tristan Tzara, the Romanian art magazine Simbolul. Janco was a practitioner of ...more

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    • Artworks: Composition with Red Arrow
    • Birthplace: Southeast Europe, Bucharest, Romania
    • Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau, Post-Impressionism, Dada, Art Deco, Cubism, + more
    • Nationality: Israel, Romania
    • Art Forms: Collage, Fresco, Relief, Ceramic art, Painting, + more
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    Marcel Duchamp
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    Marcel Duchamp was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player, and writer whose work is associated with Dadaism and conceptual art, although careful about his use of the term Dada and direct association with Dada groups. Duchamp is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and ...more

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    • Artworks: Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, La Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Suitcase), Why Not Sneeze, Rose Sélavy?, + more
    • Birthplace: Blainville-Crevon, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism, Conceptual art, Section d'Or
    • Nationality: France, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Hans Bellmer
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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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    • Artworks: The Machine Gun(neress) in a State of Grace, La Poupee, The Doll, The Machine-Gunneress in a State of Grace, Doll
    • Birthplace: Katowice, Poland
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: France, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Joan Miró
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    Joan Miró i Ferrà was a Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another, the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, was established in his adoptive city of Palma de ...more

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    • Artworks: Still Life with Old Shoe, The Farm, Self-Portrait, Portrait of Vincent Nubiola, The Birth of the World, + more
    • Birthplace: Europe, Catalonia, Province of Barcelona, Southern Europe, Spain, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: Spain
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Mural, Ceramic art, Painting
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    Man Ray
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    Man Ray was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for ...more

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    • Artworks: Untitled, from the posthumous edition Femmes, Untitled (Self-Portrait), Untitled, from the Film Emak Bakia, + more
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Photography, Collage, Painting
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    Francis Picabia
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    Francis Picabia was a French avant-garde painter, poet and typographist. After experimenting with Impressionism and Pointillism, Picabia became associated with Cubism. His highly abstract planar compositions were colourful and rich in contrasts. He was one of the early major figures of the Dada movement ...more

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    • Artworks: Portrait of a Couple, "M'Amenez-y", I See Again in Memory My Dear Udnie, Comic Wedlock, This Has to Do with Me, + more
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism, Section d'Or
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Max Ernst
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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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    • Artworks: The Elephant Celebes, Napoleon in the Wilderness, Aquis Submersus, Pietà or Revolution by Night, Lunar Asparagus, + more
    • Birthplace: Brühl, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Benjamin Péret

    Benjamin Péret
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    Benjamin Péret was a French poet, Parisian Dadaist and a founder and central member of the French Surrealist movement with his avid use of Surrealist automatism.more

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    • Birthplace: Rezé, Nantes, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: France
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    Alice Bailly
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    Alice Bailly was a radical Swiss painter, known for her interpretations on cubism, fauvism, her wool paintings, and her participation in the Dada movement. In 1906, Bailly had settled in Paris where she befriended Juan Gris, Francis Picabia, and Marie Laurencin, avant-garde modernist painters who ...more

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    • Artworks: Self-Portrait
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: Fauvism, Dada, Cubism
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Tristan Tzara
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    Tristan Tzara was a French avant-garde poet, essayist and performance artist of Romanian Jewish descent. Also active as a journalist, playwright, literary and art critic, composer and film director, he was known best for being one of the founders and central figures of the anti-establishment Dada ...more

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    • Birthplace: Moinești, Romania
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada
    • Nationality: France, Romania
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Jean Arp or Hans Arp was a German-French, or Alsatian, sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper. When Arp spoke in German he referred to himself as "Hans", and when he spoke in French he referred to himself as "Jean".more

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    • Artworks: Leaves and Navels, Two Heads, Bell and Navels, Enak's Tears (Terrestrial Forms), Objects Arranged According to the Law of Chance, + more
    • Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: France, Germany
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    George Grosz
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    George Grosz was a German artist known especially for his caricatural drawings of Berlin life in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weimar Republic before he emigrated to the United States in 1933.more

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    • Artworks: The Funeral, The Poet Max Herrmann-Neisse, Street Scene, Memorial Day, Metropolis, + more
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, New Objectivity
    • Nationality: United States of America, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Joan Brossa
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    Joan Brossa was a Catalan poet, as well as a playwright, graphic designer and visual artist. He wrote his huge literary work in the Catalan language only. He was one of the founders of both the group and the publication known as Dau-al-Set and one of the leading early proponents of visual poetry in ...more

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    • Artworks: A de barca, Cap de bou, Moscafera, Faune, Lletres ballarines, + more
    • Birthplace: Europe, Catalonia, Province of Barcelona, Southern Europe, Spain, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: Spain
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Theo van Doesburg
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    Theo van Doesburg was a Dutch artist, who practised painting, writing, poetry and architecture. He is best known as the founder and leader of De Stijl.more

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    • Artworks: Arithmetic Composition, Contra-Composition with Dissonances XVI, Pure Painting, Contre composition simultanée (Simultaneous Counter-Composition), Counter-Composition VIII, + more
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, Utrecht, European Netherlands, Utrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Associated periods or movements: De Stijl, Dada
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Christian Schad
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    Christian Schad was a German painter associated with Dada and the New Objectivity movement. Considered as a group, Schad's portraits form an extraordinary record of life in Vienna and Berlin in the years following World War I.more

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    • Artworks: Frieda Cornelius, Appendectomy in Geneva, Woman from Pozzuoli, The Poet Ludwig Baumer, Maria and Annuziata from the Port of Naples, + more
    • Birthplace: Miesbach, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, New Objectivity
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Hugo Ball
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    Hugo Ball was a German author, poet and one of the leading Dada artists.more

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    • Birthplace: Pirmasens, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Hannah Höch
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    Hannah Höch was a German Dada artist. She is best known for her work of the Weimar period, when she was one of the originators of photomontage.more

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    • Artworks: Love, Bourgeois Wedding Couple - Quarrel, Chinese Girl with a Fan, The Puppet Balsamine, Cut with the Kitchen Knife Dada Through the Last Weimar Beer Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany, + more
    • Birthplace: Gotha, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Collage
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    Georges Hugnet

    Georges Hugnet
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    Georges Hugnet, was a French graphic artist. He was also active as a poet, writer, art historian, graphic artist, bookbinding designer, critic and film director. Hugnet was a figure in the Dada movement and Surrealism. There is an inventory of his papers in the Carlton Lake Collection at the Harry ...more

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    • Artworks: To Return to the Source, First Initiation to the Secrets of the Forest
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: France
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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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    • Artworks: Etude d'expression (Study of Expression)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada
    • Nationality: Austria
    • Art Forms: Collage
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