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. (100 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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    Emil Nolde is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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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    Giacomo Balla was an art teacher and participated later in Futurism. In his art he created a pictorial depiction of light, movement and speed.more

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    • Artworks: Abstract Speed + Sound, Speeding Automobile, Street Light, Swifts: Paths of Movement + Dynamic Sequences, Abstract Speed - The Car Has Passed, + more
    • Birthplace: Province of Turin, Eurasia, Turin, Italy, Piedmont
    • Associated periods or movements: Futurism
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Gino Severini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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    Gino Severini was an Italian painter and a leading member of the Futurist movement. For much of his life he divided his time between Paris and Rome. He was associated with neo-classicism and the "return to order" in the decade after the First World War. During his career he worked in a variety of media, ...more

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    • Artworks: Dynamic Hieroglyphic of the Bal Tabarin, Visual Synthesis of the Idea: "War", Armored Train in Action, The Boulevard, Italian Lancers at a Gallop, + more
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Province of Arezzo, Italy, Southern Europe, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Divisionism, Return to order, Neoclassicism, Cubism, Futurism
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Mosaic, Fresco
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    Giorgio Morandi

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    Giorgio Morandi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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    Giorgio Morandi was an Italian painter and printmaker who specialized in still life. His paintings are noted for their tonal subtlety in depicting apparently simple subjects, which were limited mainly to vases, bottles, bowls, flowers and landscapes.more

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    • Artworks: Natura morta (Still Life), Still Life, Still Life, Still Life, Still Life
    • Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
    • Associated periods or movements: Italian modern and contemporary art, Realism, Futurism, Metaphysical art
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Carl Milles

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    Carl Milles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Modernist Artists, Ranked
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    Carl Milles was a Swedish sculptor. He was married to artist Olga Milles and brother to Ruth Milles and half brother to the architect Evert Milles. Carl Milles sculpted the Poseidon statue in Gothenburg, the Gustaf Vasa statue at the Nordiska museet, the Orpheus group outside the Stockholm Concert Hall ...more

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    • Artworks: Angel, The Small Triton Fountain
    • Birthplace: Knivsta, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden
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    Carlo Carrà was an Italian painter, a leading figure of the Futurist movement that flourished in Italy during the beginning of the 20th century. In addition to his many paintings, he wrote a number of books concerning art. He taught for many years in the city of Milan.more

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    • Artworks: The Engineer's Lover, The Funeral of the Anarchist Galli
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Province of Alessandria, Italy, Piedmont, Quargnento
    • Associated periods or movements: Futurism, Metaphysical art
    • Nationality: Italy
    • Art Forms: Painting
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