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Famous Artists from Germany

List of the most popular artists from Germany, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Be sure to also check out weird quirks of history's greatest artists and famous surrealist artists. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keeping us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous German 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 German artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This list below has everything from Paul Klee to Hans Bellmer. Whether you're looking for great German painters, contemporary artists, or sculptors, you'll surely find the most renown below. 

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

For further information on these historic German artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated German artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.

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  • Paul Klee
    Angelus Novus, Revolution des Viadukts, Der Goldfisch
    • Birthplace: Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
  • Hans Bellmer
    The Machine Gun(neress) in a State of Grace, La Poupee, The Doll
    • Birthplace: Katowice, Poland
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: France, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Lucian Freud
    Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink, Woman with a Daffodil, Girl with a White Dog
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Realism, Realism, Surrealism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Lyonel Feininger
    Longeuil, Normandie, Spook I
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
    • Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Die Brücke, Cubism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Joseph Beuys
    Lightning with Stag in its Glare, The End of the Twentieth Century, 7000 Oaks
    • Birthplace: Krefeld, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Fluxus, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Performance, Sculpture
  • Caspar David Friedrich
    Moonrise Over the Sea, Wreck in the Ice-sea, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog
    • Birthplace: Greifswald, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Romanticism, German Romanticism
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Max Ernst
    The Elephant Celebes, Napoleon in the Wilderness, Aquis Submersus
    • Birthplace: Brühl, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
  • Albrecht Dürer
    Christ among the Doctors, Altarpiece of Ober-St. Veit, Lamentation for Christ
    • Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
  • Hans Hartung
    T1974- E10, T 1966–H36, T1989-A1 38-0
    • Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Lyrical abstraction
    • Nationality: France, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Andrew Dasburg
    Improvisation, November in New Mexico
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Cubism, American modernism
    • Nationality: France, United States of America, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Hermann Hesse
    Lago Maggiore, Casa Bodmer, Piktors Verwandlungen
    • Birthplace: Calw, Germany
    • Nationality: Switzerland, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Hans Holbein the Younger
    Portrait of Henry VIII, Noli me Tangere, Portrait of Robert Cheseman
    • Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Northern Renaissance
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Hans Hofmann
    City Horizon, Fruit Bowl with Apples, Table--Version II
    • Birthplace: Weißenburg in Bayern, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Nationality: United States of America, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder
    Rest of the Virgin during The Flight into Egypt, The Golden Age, A Princess of Saxony
    • Birthplace: Kronach, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: German Renaissance
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Matthias Grünewald
    The Small Cruxifixion, The Mocking of Christ, Stuppach Madonna
    • Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Renaissance
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
    • Birthplace: Wittenberg, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Hans Holbein the Elder
    Basilica of St. Mary, Basilica of St. Paul, St. Catherine Altar
    • Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: International Gothic
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Hans Baldung
    Dürer's Rhinoceros, Knight, Death and the Devil
    • Birthplace: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
  • Max Wolf
    Sternkarten (Star Map), from Photographische Sternkarten ...
    • Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany