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?"

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You're able to copy this list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you use on a regular basis. (47 items)


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    Gustav Klimt
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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: 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
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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: Europe, Ådalsbruk, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Hedmark, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
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    Gustave Moreau
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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
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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: Mexico City, Coyoacán, Greater Mexico City, Delegaciones del Distrito Federal, Mexico, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Surrealism
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Paul Gauguin
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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

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    Odilon Redon
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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
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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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    Arnold Böcklin
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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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    Nicholas Roerich
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    Nicholas Roerich – known also as Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh – was a Russian painter, writer, archaeologist, theosophist, perceived by some in Russia as an enlightener, philosopher, and public figure, who in his youth was influenced by a movement in Russian society around the occult. He was ...more

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    • Artworks: Guests from Overseas, Buddha the Conqueror, Saint Panteleimon the Healer
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Mikhail Nesterov
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    Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov was a major representative of religious Symbolism in Russian art.more

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    • Artworks: Tolstoy, Beyond the Volga, Annunciation, Portrait of B. M. Nesterov, Philosophers, + more
    • Birthplace: Ufa, Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Fernand Khnopff

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    Fernand Khnopff
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    Fernand Edmond Jean Marie Khnopff was a Belgian symbolist painter.more

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    • Artworks: Portrait of Miss Van der Hecht, Portrait of the violinist Achille Lerminiaux, Portrait of Jeanne Kéfer, Memories or Lawn Tennis, En écoutant Schumann (listening to Schumann), + more
    • Birthplace: Dendermonde, Belgium
    • Associated periods or movements: Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Mikhail Vrubel
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    Mikhail Aleksandrovich Vrubel is usually regarded amongst the Russian painters of the Symbolist movement. In reality, he deliberately stood aloof from contemporary art trends, so that the origin of his unusual manner should be sought in Late Byzantine and Early Renaissance painting.more

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    • Artworks: Six-winged Seraph, Demon Seated in a Garden, Flying Demon, Pan, Swan Princess, + more
    • Birthplace: Omsk, Russia
    • Associated periods or movements: Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: Russia
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Eugène Carrière

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    Eugène Carrière
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    Eugène Anatole Carrière was a French Symbolist artist of the Fin de siècle period. His paintings are best known for their brown monochrome palette. He was a close friend of the sculptor Rodin and his work influenced Picasso. Some see traces of Carrière's monochrome style in Picasso's Blue Period. He was ...more

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    • Birthplace: Gournay-sur-Marne, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Henri Fantin-Latour
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    Henri Fantin-Latour was a French painter and lithographer best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of Parisian artists and writers.more

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    • Artworks: A Studio at Les Batignolles, Homage to Delacroix, Roses in a Bowl, Edouard Manet, Still Life with Flowers, + more
    • Birthplace: Grenoble, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Émile Bernard
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    Émile Henri Bernard was a French Post-Impressionist painter and writer, who had artistic friendships with Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Eugène Boch, and at a later time, Paul Cézanne. Most of his notable work was accomplished at a young age, in the years 1886 through 1897. He is also associated ...more

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    • Artworks: Breton Women in the Meadow, Iron Bridges at Asnières, Still Life with Fruit
    • Birthplace: Lille, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism, Synthetism
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    John Roddam Spencer Stanhope

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    John Roddam Spencer Stanhope is an English artist associated with Edward Burne-Jones and George Frederic Watts and often regarded as a second-wave pre-Raphaelite. His work is also studied within the context of Aestheticism and British Symbolism. As a painter, Stanhope worked in oil, watercolor, fresco, ...more

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    • Artworks: Love and the Maiden, Our Lady of the Water Gate, The Wine Press, Sir Gawaine and the Damsels at the Fountain, Juliet and Her Nurse, + more
    • Birthplace: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    • Associated periods or movements: Aestheticism, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: England
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    Hugo Simberg

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    Hugo Simberg
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    Hugo Gerhard Simberg was a Finnish symbolist painter and graphic artist.more

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    • Artworks: The Wounded Angel
    • Birthplace: Hamina, Finland
    • Associated periods or movements: Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: Finland
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Ivan Bilibin
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    Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin was a 20th-century illustrator and stage designer who took part in the Mir iskusstva and contributed to the Ballets Russes. Throughout his career, he was inspired by Slavic folklore.more

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    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau
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    Alexander Benois
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    Alexandre Nikolayevich Benois, was an influential artist, art critic, historian, preservationist, and founding member of Mir iskusstva, an art movement and magazine. As a designer for the Ballets Russes under Sergei Diaghilev, Benois exerted what is considered a seminal influence on the modern ballet ...more

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    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    Konstantin Somov
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    Konstantin Andreyevich Somov was a Russian artist associated with the Mir iskusstva. Born into a family of a major art historian and Hermitage Museum curator Andrey Ivanovich Somov, he became interested in the 18th-century art and music at an early age. Somov studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts ...more

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    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau
    • Art Forms: Painting
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