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. (99 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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    Constantin Brâncuși is listed (or ranked) 2 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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    Pablo Picasso is listed (or ranked) 4 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: Hispania, Málaga, Europe, Province of Málaga, Andalusia, + more
    • 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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    Emil Nolde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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    Emil Nolde was a German Danish painter and printmaker. He was one of the first Expressionists, a member of Die Brücke, and is considered to be one of the great oil painting and watercolor painters of the 20th century. He is known for his vigorous brushwork and expressive choice of colors. Golden yellows ...more

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    • Artworks: Young Prince and Dancers, Flower Garden, Christ and the Children, Blue and Violet Flowers, Red-Haired Girl, + more
    • Birthplace: Duchy of Schleswig
    • Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Die Brücke, Expressionism
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Wyndham Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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    Percy Wyndham Lewis was an English painter and author. He was a co-founder of the Vorticist movement in art, and edited the literary magazine of the Vorticists, BLAST. His novels include his pre-World War I-era novel Tarr, and The Human Age, a trilogy comprising The Childermass, Monstre Gai and Malign ...more

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    • Artworks: Before Antwerp, The Surrender of Barcelona, Workshop, Bagdad, The Crowd, + more
    • Birthplace: Amherst, Canada
    • Nationality: England
    • Art Forms: Painting
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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: Flemish Region, Eurasia, West Flanders, Ostend, Belgium
    • Associated periods or movements: Modernism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Fernand Léger is listed (or ranked) 8 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: Argentan, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Modernism, Cubism, Section d'Or
    • Nationality: France, French Third Republic
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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