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This list of famous female painters is ranked by their level of prominence, with photos when available. This greatest female painters list contains the most prominent women artists known for being painters, though they may have dabbled in other mediums as well. Art buffs might also be interested in famous female paintings and celebrities who are secretly artist. There are thousands of female artists working as painters in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Famous female artists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a girl aspiring to be a painter then the women painters below should give you inspiration.

No famous women artists list would be complete without the likes of Joan Mitchell or Frida Kahlo A talented woman artists is able to capture the female experience in her work, brining a unique perspective, whether in historical art, or the modern work of contemporary female painters. You will recognize many of these names of popular female artists. 

While this isn't a list of all female painters, it does feature over 150 famous women painters. Who are the most famous female painters? Who are the best female painters? Take a look below to find out and learn about their notable pieces and works.

Frida Kahlo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits. Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising ...more

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Age: Died at 47 (1907-1954)

Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Profession: Painter

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Jemima Kirke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Jemima Kirke is an actress. ...more

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Age: 30

Birthplace: England, London

Nationality: United Kingdom

Profession: Painter, Actor

Credits: Girls, Tiny Furniture

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell, CC, is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs ...more

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Age: 72

Birthplace: Fort Macleod, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Profession: Painter, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Credits: Love Actually, Almost Famous, Practical Magic, Life as a House

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Berthe Morisot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot was a painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris who became known as the Impressionists. She was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt. In 1864, she exhibited ...more

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Age: Died at 54 (1841-1895)

Birthplace: Bourges, France

Nationality: France

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Louise Bourgeois is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Louise Joséphine Bourgeois, was a French-American artist and sculptor. She was an influential figure in modern and contemporary art, and among her works of art were large spider structures which resulted in her being nicknamed the Spiderwoman. Her largest spider sculpture titled Maman stands at over ...more

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Age: Died at 99 (1911-2010)

Birthplace: France, Paris

Nationality: France, United States of America

Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Artist

Credits: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine, Louise Bourgeois Art City #1: Making It In Manhattan, + more

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Ione Skye is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Ione Skye Lee is a British-American actress who became a teen idol after the 1989 movie Say Anything.... In 2006, VH1 placed her at number 84 on its "100 Greatest Teen Stars" list. ...more

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Age: 45

Birthplace: East of England, Eurasia, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom England, + more

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Profession: Painter, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

Credits: Wayne's World, Say Anything..., Zodiac, Fever Pitch Four Rooms, + more

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Yeardley Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Yeardley Smith is a French-born American actress, voice actress, writer, comedian and painter. She is best known for her long-running role as Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. She was born in Paris and moved with her family to Washington, D.C., in 1966. As a child, Smith ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France, United States of America

Profession: Painter, Actor, Voice acting, Writer

Credits: The Simpsons, As Good as It Gets, The Simpsons Movie, City Slickers Jingle All the Way, + more

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Kristína Farkašová is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Kristína Farkašová is a Slovak actress, singer, dramaturge, presenter, stand-up comedienne, editor, blogger and naïve art painter. She studied dramaturgy at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and at Faculty of Theater in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2004, she is a regular member of the Naive ...more

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Age: 33

Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Nationality: Slovakia

Profession: Editor, Painter, Dramaturge, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: Walking Too Fast

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