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List of the most popular artists from France, 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 French 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 French artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This list has a variety of artists in it, from Pauline Auzou to Jacques Monory.

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

For further information on these historic French artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated French artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
Roger de La Fresnaye is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from France
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Roger de La Fresnaye

Roger de La Fresnaye was a French cubist painter. ...more

Artworks: The Conquest of the Air

Birthplace: Le Mans, France

Associated periods or movements: Cubism, Section d'Or

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Painting

Marcel Duchamp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from France
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Marcel Duchamp was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player, and writer whose work is associated with Dadaism and conceptual art, although careful about his use of the term Dada and direct association with Dada groups. Duchamp is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Duchamp has had an immense impact on twentieth-century and twenty first-century art. By World War I, he had rejected the work of many of his fellow artists as "retinal" ...more

Artworks: Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, La Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Suitcase), Why Not Sneeze, Rose Sélavy?, + more

Birthplace: Blainville-Crevon, France

Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism, Conceptual art, Section d'Or

Nationality: France, United States of America

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

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Hans Bellmer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from France
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Hans Bellmer was a German artist, best known for the life-sized pubescent female dolls he produced in the mid-1930s. Historians of art and photography also consider him a Surrealist photographer. ...more

Artworks: The Machine Gun(neress) in a State of Grace, La Poupee, The Doll, The Machine-Gunneress in a State of Grace, Doll

Birthplace: Katowice, Poland

Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism

Nationality: France, Germany

Art Forms: Painting

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Fernand Léger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from France
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Joseph Fernand Henri Léger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. In his early works he created a personal form of cubism which he gradually modified into a more figurative, populist style. His boldly simplified treatment of modern subject matter has caused him to be regarded as a forerunner of pop art. ...more

Artworks: The Baluster, Woman with a Book, Three Women, Mural Painting, The Divers, + more

Birthplace: Argentan, France

Associated periods or movements: Modernism, Cubism, Section d'Or

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking

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