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List of famous Modernism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Modernism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. Make sure to also check out famous rococo artists and famous dada artists. These notable Modernism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Modernism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

List features artists like Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and more!

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Modernism artists?" and "Who are the best Modernism artists?"

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Henri Matisse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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Henri Matisse


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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Pablo Picasso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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Pablo Picasso


Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist ...more

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Artworks: Guernica, The Old Guitarist, Family of Saltimbanques, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Las Meninas (after Velázquez), + more

Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Associated periods or movements: Picasso's African Period, Analytic cubism, Cubism, Picasso's Rose Period, Picasso's Blue Period, + more

Nationality: Spain

Art Forms: Sculpture, Ceramic art, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

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Constantin Brâncuși is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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Constantin Brâncuși


Constantin Brâncuși was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, Brâncuși is called the patriarch of modern sculpture. As a child he displayed an aptitude for carving ...more

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Artworks: Bird in Space, The Endless Column, The Kiss, Madame L.R., The Newborn, + more

Birthplace: Peștișani, Romania

Associated periods or movements: Modernism

Nationality: Romania

Art Forms: Sculpture

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Henry Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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Henry Moore


Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA RBS was an English sculptor and artist. He was best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or ...more

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Artworks: Nuclear Energy, Oval with Points, Three Piece Reclining Figure Draped, Family Group, Man Enters the Cosmos, + more

Birthplace: Castleford, United Kingdom

Associated periods or movements: Modernism

Nationality: United Kingdom

Art Forms: Sculpture, Drawing

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