The Greatest Impressionist Artists, Ranked Artists

The Greatest Impressionist Artists, Ranked

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This list of famous Impressionism artists features images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Impressionism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Impressionism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Impressionism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote, as your votes can change the rankings! You can rank all of these famous impressionists and artists, from Vincent van Gogh to Claude Monet.

Famous Impressionist artists - unsurprisingly - created famous Impressionist paintings, many of which are among the most notable works of art from any period in history. From French Impressionist painters (the movement originated in Paris during the 19th century) to Impressionists artists of other nationalities, these wonderful artists brought the world a unique style of painting. Works of the Impressionist period are characterized by small, yet visible brush strokes; open composition; an emphasis on accurate depiction of light and its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, depictions of movement, and unusual visual angles.

So, now that you can spot impressionism, who was an Impressionist painter? 
Who are the most famous Impressionism artists? Who are the best Impressionism artists? Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You're able to copy this list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your views, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networks where your artsy friends will marvel at your handiwork and opinions on this great art movement.

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    Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists, Ranked
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    Vincent Willem van Gogh was a major Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. Van Gogh drew as a child but did not ...more

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    • Artworks: The Starry Night, The Potato Eaters, Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, Portrait of Dr. Gachet (First Version), + more
    • Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
    • Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
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    Claude Monet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists, Ranked
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    Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of ...more

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    • Artworks: Water Lilies, The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny, Impression, Sunrise, + more
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists, Ranked
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    Working closely with Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, and other artists, he helped shape the Impressionism movement.more

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    • Artworks: Bal du moulin de la Galette, Pont Neuf, Paris, By the Seashore, The Canoeist's Luncheon, + more
    • Birthplace: Limoges, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Edgar Degas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists, Ranked
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    Edgar Degas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called a ...more

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    • Artworks: Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, Ballet Rehearsal, Arabesque, Young Spartans Exercising, Interior, + more
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism, Realism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
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    Édouard Manet was a French painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, both 1863, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for ...more

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    • Artworks: Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, The Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuil, The Railway, Rochefort's Escape, Music in the Tuileries, + more
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism, Realism, Realism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Paul Cézanne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists, Ranked
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    Paul Cézanne was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne's often repetitive, exploratory brushstrokes are highly ...more

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    • Artworks: The Basket of Apples, The Large Bathers, Still Life with Apples, Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair, Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from Bellevue, + more
    • Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Alfred Sisley

    Alfred Sisley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists, Ranked
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    Alfred Sisley was an Impressionist landscape painter who was born and spent most of his life in France, but retained British citizenship. He was the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape en plein air. He deviated into figure painting only rarely and, unlike Renoir ...more

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    • Artworks: Under the Bridge at Hampton Court, Bridge at Villeneuve-la-Garenne, Footbridge at Argenteuil, Flood at Port-Marly, Watering Place at Marly, + more
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: France, England
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Mary Cassatt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists, Ranked
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    Toward the end of the 1800s, Cassatt purchased paintings from young impressionists and encouraged others of wealth to do so in order to support the movement.more

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    • Artworks: Self-portrait, Young Woman Sewing in a Garden, The Boating Party, After the Bullfight, Five o'clock Tea, + more
    • Birthplace: Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American Impressionism, Impressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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