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Famous Artists from Austria

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List of the most popular artists from Austria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Austrian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Austrian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Artists here include everyone from Wilhelm J. Burger to Josef Eduard Teltscher.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Austria?" and "Who are the most well-known Austrian artists?"

For further information on these historic Austrian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Austrian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
Lucian Freud is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink, Woman with a Daffodil, Girl with a White Dog
Lucian Michael Freud, OM, CH was a German-born British painter. Known chiefly for his thickly impastoed portrait and figure paintings, he was widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of ...more
Arnold Schoenberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Denken, Der rote Blick, Blue Self-Portrait
Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. With the ...more
Richard Neutra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Chair
Richard Joseph Neutra was an American architect. Living and building for the majority of his career in Southern California, he came to be considered among the most important modernist
Egon Schiele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Portrait of Edith Schiele In A Striped Dress, Self Portrait with Black Vase, Self-Portrait
His first exhibit was at the 1909 Kunstschau in Vienna. From there on, he continued to show his work at exhibitions. Some of his well-known paintings illustrate his affinity toward women. He ...more
Gustav Klimt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
The Kiss, Danaë, Beethoven Frieze
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. ...more
Alfred Kubin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
The Card Cheat, Vathek, Water Spirit
Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin was an Austrian printmaker, illustrator, and occasional writer. Kubin is considered an important representative of Symbolism and Expressionism.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Globulant, Autofahrer in der Nacht, Rain of Blood Dropping into Japanese Waters in an Austrian Garden
Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist and architect. Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists by the end ...more
Alexandr Hackenschmied is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Alexander Hammid born Alexandr Hackenschmied was a leading photographer, film director, cinematographer and editor in Czechoslovakia. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1938 and became involved in ...more
Gottfried Helnwein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Beautiful Victim, Mouse I, Head of a Child
Gottfried Helnwein is an Austrian born Austrian-Irish fine artist, painter, photographer, installation and performance artist. Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna. He was ...more
Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenbu... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg is a singer.
Ernst Haas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Ernst Haas was a photojournalist and a pioneering color photographer. During his 40-year career, the Austrian-born artist bridged the gap between photojournalism and the use of photography as a ...more
Oskar Kokoschka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Self-Portrait, Doctor Emma Veronika Sanders, Hans Tietze and Erica Tietze-Conrat
Oskar Kokoschka was an Austrian artist, poet and playwright best known for his intense expressionistic portraits and landscapes.
Angelica Kauffman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Self-Portrait, Portrait of Lady Louisa Leveson-Gower, Ferdinand IV
Angelica Kauffman, RA was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of ...more
Manfred Kielnhofer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
The timeguards, Danceperformence Hauptplatz Linz, photo sculpture
Manfred "KILI" Kielnhofer is an Austrian painter, sculptor and Photographer.
Paul Flora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Paul Flora
Paul Flora is known for his black ink line drawings. "Flora was one of Europe’s most profiled illustrators since the 1960s. He worked for British newspapers The Times and The Observer as ...more
Stefan Sagmeister is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Nine Lives (Aerosmith album, cover art), OK Go (cover art)
Stefan Sagmeister is a New York-based graphic designer and typographer. Sagmeister co-founded a design firm called Sagmeister & Walsh Inc. with Jessica Walsh in New York City. He has ...more
Weegee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Flagpole Painter, Transvestite in Paddy Wagon, Woman
Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig, a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography. Weegee worked in Manhattan, New York City's Lower East Side ...more
Peter Weibel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Peter Weibel is an Austrian artist, curator and theoretician.
Raoul Hausmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Etude d'expression (Study of Expression)
Raoul Hausmann was an Austrian artist and writer. One of the key figures in Berlin Dada, his experimental photographic collages, sound poetry and institutional critiques would have a profound ...more
Friedrich von Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Friedrich von Schmidt was an architect who worked in late 19th century Vienna. Von Schmidt was born in Frickenhofen, Gschwend, Württemberg, Germany. After studying at the technical high ...more
Gabriel von Max is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Gabriel von Max
Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max was a Prague-born Austrian painter.
Martin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Martin Arnold is an experimental filmmaker known for his obsessive reworkings of found footage. He is also a founding member of the Austrian film distributor Sixpack Film. Arnold studied ...more
Albert Schickedanz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Albert Schickedanz was an Austro-Hungarian architect and painter in the Eclectic style. Schickedanz was born in Biala, Galicia, to an ethnic German family. He studied at his home town and at ...more
Othmar Schimkowitz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Othmar Schimkowitz was a Hungarian-born architectural sculptor who worked on the greatest landmarks of the Vienna Secession.
Carl Moll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Carl Moll
Carl Julius Rudolf Moll was a prominent art nouveau painter active in Vienna at the start of the 20th century. He was also the stepfather of Alma Mahler-Werfel.