Visual Artist Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked

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

Marcel Janco and Edvard Munch are included on this list.

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

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Gustav Klimt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Gustav Klimt


Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition ...more

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Artworks: The Kiss, Danaë, Beethoven Frieze, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I Adele Bloch-Bauer II, + more

Birthplace: Baumgarten, Vienna, Austria

Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau, Symbolist literature, Vienna Secession

Nationality: Austrian Empire

Art Forms: Painting

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Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Edvard Munch


Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. One of his most well-known works is The Scream of ...more

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Artworks: The Scream, Madonna, Vampire, Girl Looking out the Window Two Women on the Shore, + more

Birthplace: Ådalsbruk, Løten, Norway

Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Symbolist literature

Nationality: Norway

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

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#164 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Frida Kahlo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Frida Kahlo


Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits. Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising ...more

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Artworks: Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, Fulang-Chang and I My Grandparents, + more

Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

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#717 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Gustave Moreau is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Gustave Moreau


Gustave Moreau was a French Symbolist painter whose main emphasis was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures. As a painter, Moreau appealed to the imaginations of some Symbolist writers and artists. ...more

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Artworks: Zeus and Semele, Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra, Thracian Girl Carrying the Head of Orpheus on his Lyre, The Martyred St. Sebastian Oedipus and the Sphinx, + more

Birthplace: Paris, France

Associated periods or movements: Symbolist literature

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Painting

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Paul Gauguin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Paul Gauguin


Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin was a French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated until after his death. Gauguin was later recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that were distinguishably different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French ...more

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Artworks: Tahitian Women on the Beach, L'Allee des Alyscamps, Still Life with Three Puppies, Vision After the Sermon Landscape from Pont-Aven, + more

Birthplace: Paris, France

Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Sculpture, Ceramic art, Painting, Printmaking

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#603 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Arnold Böcklin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Arnold Böcklin


Arnold Böcklin was a Swiss symbolist painter. ...more

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Artworks: Isle of the Dead

Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Associated periods or movements: Symbolist literature, Vienna Secession

Nationality: Switzerland

Art Forms: Painting

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Odilon Redon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Odilon Redon


Odilon Redon was a French symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist. ...more

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Artworks: Ophelia among the Flowers, Portrait of Violette Heymann, Self-portrait, Roger and Angelica The Buddha, + more

Birthplace: Bordeaux, France

Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism, Symbolist literature

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

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Edward Burne-Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Edward Burne-Jones


Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet ARA was a British artist and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, who worked closely with William Morris on a wide range of decorative arts as a founding partner in Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. Burne-Jones was ...more

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Artworks: The Wheel of Fortune, The Baleful Head, King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid, The Birth of Pegasus and Chrysaor Atlas Turned to Stone, + more

Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Associated periods or movements: Aestheticism, Arts and Crafts movement, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Symbolist literature

Nationality: United Kingdom

Art Forms: Painting

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