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
    Paul Klee (German: [paʊ̯l ˈkleː]; 18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940) was a Swiss-born artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and ...more
  • 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
    Hans Bellmer (13 March 1902 – 24 February 1975) 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 ...more
  • 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
    Lucian Michael Freud, OM (; 8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011) was a British painter and draftsman, specializing in figurative art, and is known as one of the foremost 20th-century portraitists. He was ...more
  • 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
    Lyonel Charles Feininger (July 17, 1871 – January 13, 1956) was a German-American painter, and a leading exponent of Expressionism. He also worked as a caricaturist and comic strip artist. He was ...more