Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked Artists

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 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 to ...more

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    • Artworks: The Kiss, Danaë, Beethoven Frieze, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Adele Bloch-Bauer II, + more
    • Birthplace: Europe, Austria, Baumgarten, Vienna, Central Europe
    • 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 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 1893.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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    Gustave Moreau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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    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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    Frida Kahlo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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    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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    Arnold Böcklin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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    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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    Paul Gauguin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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    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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    Odilon Redon

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