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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    Claude Monet
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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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    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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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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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
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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
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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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    Alfred Sisley

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    Alfred Sisley
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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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    Paul Cézanne
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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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    Mary Cassatt
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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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    Camille Pissarro
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    Camille Pissarro was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas. His importance resides in his contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Pissarro studied from great forerunners, including Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.more

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    • Artworks: The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon, The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon, The Hermitage at Pontoise, The Tuileries Gardens, Afternoon, + more
    • Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism, Impressionism, Neo-impressionism
    • Nationality: France, Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Henri Matisse
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    Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three ...more

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    • Artworks: Woman with a Hat, Blue Nude II, Les toits de Collioure, Green Stripe, Madras Rouge, + more
    • Birthplace: Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Fauvism, Modernism, Impressionism, Neo-impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Collage, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
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    Berthe Morisot
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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 for ...more

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    • Artworks: Julie Manet et son Lévrier Laerte, The Mother and Sister of the Artist, In the Dining Room, Woman at Her Toilette, Fort de Compigne, + more
    • Birthplace: Bourges, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Gustave Caillebotte
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    Gustave Caillebotte was a French painter, member and patron of the group of artists known as Impressionists, though he painted in a much more realistic manner than many other artists in the group. Caillebotte was noted for his early interest in photography as an art form.more

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    • Artworks: Oarsmen Rowing on the Yerres, Paris Street; Rainy Day, Skiffs on the Yerres, Boater Pulling on His Perissoire, Self Portrait, + more
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Frédéric Bazille
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    Jean Frédéric Bazille was a French Impressionist painter. Many of Bazille's major works are examples of figure painting in which Bazille placed the subject figure within a landscape painted en plein air.more

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    • Artworks: Scène d'été, Self-portrait, Portrait of Renoir, View of the Village, Landscape at Chailly, + more
    • Birthplace: Montpellier, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Leonardo da Vinci
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    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented ...more

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    • Artworks: Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Bacchus, Adoration of the Magi, Annunciation, + more
    • Birthplace: Vinci, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: High Renaissance
    • Nationality: Italy, Republic of Florence
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
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    Auguste Rodin
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    François-Auguste-René Rodin, known as Auguste Rodin, was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic ...more

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    • Artworks: The Walking Man, The Thinker, The Kiss, Monument to Balzac, The Gates of Hell, + more
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Drawing
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    Childe Hassam
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    Frederick Childe Hassam was a prolific American Impressionist painter, noted for his urban and coastal scenes. Along with Mary Cassatt and John Henry Twachtman, Hassam was instrumental in promulgating Impressionism to American collectors, dealers, and museums. He produced over 3,000 paintings, oils, ...more

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    • Artworks: The Little Pond, Appledore, Celia Thaxter's Garden, Isles of Shoals, Maine, + more
    • Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: American Impressionism, Ten American Painters, Impressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Raoul Dufy was a French Fauvist painter. He developed a colorful, decorative style that became fashionable for designs of ceramics and textiles, as well as decorative schemes for public buildings. He is noted for scenes of open-air social events. He was also a draftsman, printmaker, book illustrator, ...more

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    • Artworks: Open Window, Nice, Sailing Boat at Sainte-Adresse
    • Birthplace: Le Havre, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Fauvism, Modernism, Cubism, Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
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    Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, also known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century yielded a collection of exciting, elegant and provocative images of ...more

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    • Artworks: At the Moulin Rouge, The Hangover, Maxime Dethomas at the Bal de l'Opera, La Goulue Entering the Moulin Rouge, In The Restaurant La Mie, + more
    • Birthplace: Albi, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau, Post-Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
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    Eva Gonzalès

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    Eva Gonzalès
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    Eva Gonzalès was a French Impressionist painter. Eva Gonzalès was born in Paris into the family of the writer Emmanuel Gonzalèz. In 1865, she began her professional training and took lessons in drawing from the society portraitist Charles Chaplin. Gonzalès became a pupil of the artist Édouard Manet in ...more

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    • Artworks: Secretly, Morning Awakening, White Shoes, The Donkey Ride, The Milliner, + more
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Eugène Boudin
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    Eugène Louis Boudin was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors. Boudin was a marine painter, and expert in the rendering of all that goes upon the sea and along its shores. His pastels, summary and economic, garnered the splendid eulogy of Baudelaire; and Corot called him the "king ...more

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    • Artworks: Rivage de Portrieux, Cotes-du-Nord
    • Birthplace: Honfleur, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Impressionism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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