Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked Artists

Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked

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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. 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, Robert Rauschenberg and more!

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

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You may want to copy this factual 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 sites you frequent. (81 items)
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    Henri Matisse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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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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    Pablo Picasso is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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    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 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 wooden ...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 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 reclining ...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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    James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for almost his entire life. He was associated with the artistic group Les XX. more

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    • Artworks: Skeletons Fighting for the Body of a Hanged Man, Tribulations of Saint Anthony, Masks Confronting Death, Portrait of the Artist Surrounded by Masks, Christ's Entry Into Brussels in 1889, + more
    • Birthplace: Ostend, Belgium
    • Associated periods or movements: Modernism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Paul Klee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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    Paul Klee was a Swiss-German painter. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. Klee was a natural draftsman who experimented with and eventually deeply explored color theory, writing about it extensively; his lectures Writings on ...more

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    • Artworks: Angelus Novus, Revolution des Viadukts, Der Goldfisch, Garten der Leidenschaft (Garden of Passion), Little Castle in the Air, + more
    • Birthplace: Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism, + more
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Fernand Léger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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    Joseph Fernand Henri Léger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. In his early works he created a personal form of cubism which he gradually modified into a more figurative, populist style. His boldly simplified treatment of modern subject matter has caused him to be regarded as a forerunner of ...more

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    • Artworks: The Baluster, Woman with a Book, Three Women, Mural Painting, The Divers, + more
    • Birthplace: Normandy, Lower Normandy, Argentan, Orne
    • Associated periods or movements: Modernism, Cubism, Section d'Or
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Paul Cézanne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Modernist 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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