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Famous Artists from Germany

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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.

  • Paul Klee1

    Paul Klee

    Angelus Novus, Revolution des Viadukts

    BirthplaceMünchenbuchsee, Switzerland

    Associated periods or movementsGerman Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism


    Art FormsPainting, Drawing

    Paul Klee (German: [paʊ̯l ˈkleː]; 18 December 1879 – 29 June 1940) was a Swiss-born artist....  more

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  • Hans Bellmer2

    Hans Bellmer

    The Machine Gun(neress) in a State of Grace, La Poupee

    BirthplaceKatowice, Poland

    Associated periods or movementsDada, Surrealism

    NationalityFrance, Germany

    Art FormsPainting

    Hans Bellmer (13 March 1902 – 24 February 1975) was a German artist, best known for the...  more
  • Lucian Freud3

    Lucian Freud

    Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink, Woman with a Daffodil

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsContemporary art, Realism, Realism, Surrealism, Expressionism

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Art FormsPainting

    Lucian Michael Freud, OM (; 8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011) was a British painter and...  more
  • Lyonel Feininger4

    Lyonel Feininger

    Longeuil, Normandie

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Associated periods or movementsGerman Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter, Die Brücke, Cubism, Expressionism

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Art FormsPainting

    Lyonel Charles Feininger (July 17, 1871 – January 13, 1956) was a German-American painter, and...  more
  • Joseph Beuys5

    Joseph Beuys

    Lightning with Stag in its Glare, The End of the Twentieth Century

    BirthplaceKrefeld, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsFluxus, Conceptual art


    Art FormsPerformance, Sculpture

    Joseph Beuys ( BOYSS, German: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈbɔʏs]; 12 May 1921 – 23 January 1986) was a German...  more
  • Caspar David Friedrich6

    Caspar David Friedrich

    Moonrise Over the Sea, Wreck in the Ice-sea

    BirthplaceGreifswald, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsRomanticism, German Romanticism


    Art FormsPainting

    Caspar David Friedrich (5 September 1774 – 7 May 1840) was a 19th-century German Romantic...  more
  • Max Ernst7

    Max Ernst

    The Elephant Celebes, Napoleon in the Wilderness

    BirthplaceBrühl, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsDada, Surrealism


    Art FormsSculpture, Painting

    Max Ernst (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976) was a German (naturalised American in 1948 and French...  more

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  • Albrecht Dürer8

    Albrecht Dürer

    Christ among the Doctors, Altarpiece of Ober-St. Veit

    BirthplaceNuremberg, Germany


    Art FormsPainting, Printmaking, Drawing

    Albrecht Dürer (; German: [ˈʔalbʁɛçt ˈdyːʁɐ]; 21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528) sometimes spelt in...  more
  • Hans Hartung9

    Hans Hartung

    T1974- E10, T 1966–H36

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsLyrical abstraction

    NationalityFrance, Germany

    Art FormsPainting

    Hans Hartung (21 September 1904 – 7 December 1989) was a German-French painter, known for his...  more
  • Andrew Dasburg10

    Andrew Dasburg

    Improvisation, November in New Mexico

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Associated periods or movementsCubism, American modernism

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Art FormsPainting

    Andrew Michael Dasburg (4 May 1887 – 13 August 1979) was an American modernist painter and...  more
  • Hermann Hesse11

    Hermann Hesse

    Lago Maggiore, Casa Bodmer

    BirthplaceCalw, Germany

    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Art FormsPainting

    Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛɐ̯man ˈhɛsə]; July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-born...  more
  • Hans Holbein the Younger12

    Hans Holbein the Younger

    Portrait of Henry VIII, Noli me Tangere

    BirthplaceAugsburg, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsNorthern Renaissance


    Art FormsPainting

    Hans Holbein the Younger (UK: HOL-byne, US: HOHL-byne, HAWL-; German: Hans Holbein der...  more
  • Hans Hofmann13

    Hans Hofmann

    City Horizon, Fruit Bowl with Apples

    BirthplaceWeißenburg in Bayern, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsAbstract expressionism

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Art FormsPainting

    Hans Hofmann (March 21, 1880 – February 17, 1966) was a German-born American painter, renowned...  more
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder14

    Lucas Cranach the Elder

    Rest of the Virgin during The Flight into Egypt, The Golden Age

    BirthplaceKronach, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsGerman Renaissance


    Art FormsPainting

    Lucas Cranach the Elder (German: Lucas Cranach der Ältere German pronunciation: [ˈluːkas...  more
  • Sebastian Stoskopff15
    Sebastian (or Sébastien) Stoskopff (July 13, 1597 – February 10, 1657) was an Alsatian...  more
  • Master MS16
    Master M. S. (Hungarian: M. S. Mester, German: Meister M. S., Slovak: Majster M. S.) was a...  more
  • Matthias Grünewald17

    Matthias Grünewald

    The Small Cruxifixion, The Mocking of Christ

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsRenaissance


    Art FormsPainting

    Matthias Grünewald (c. 1470 – 31 August 1528) was a German Renaissance painter of religious...  more
  • Lucas Cranach the Younger18

    BirthplaceWittenberg, Germany


    Art FormsPainting

    Lucas Cranach the Younger (Lucas Cranach der Jüngere [jʏˈŋɛʁə]; 4 October 1515 – 25 January...  more
  • Stefan Jäger19

    Stefan Jäger

    Stefan Jäger (May 28, 1877 in Tschene/Torontál – March 16, 1962 in Jimbolia/Hatzfeld, Romanian...  more
  • Hans Holbein the Elder20

    Hans Holbein the Elder

    Basilica of St. Mary, Basilica of St. Paul

    BirthplaceAugsburg, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsInternational Gothic


    Art FormsPainting

    Hans Holbein the Elder (UK: HOL-byne, US: HOHL-byne, HAWL-; German: Hans Holbein der Ältere;...  more
  • Hans Baldung21

    Hans Baldung

    Dürer's Rhinoceros, Knight

    BirthplaceSchwäbisch Gmünd, Germany


    Art FormsPainting, Printmaking

    Hans Baldung Grien or Grün (c. 1484 – September 1545) was a German artist in painting and...  more
  • Jacob Marrel22

    Jacob Marrel

    Jacob Marrel (1613/1614 – 11 November 1681) was a German still life painter active in Utrecht...  more
  • Max Wolf23

    Max Wolf

    Sternkarten (Star Map), from Photographische Sternkarten ...

    BirthplaceHeidelberg, Germany


    Maximilian Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf (21 June 1863 – 3 October 1932) was a German astronomer...  more
  • Jan Boeckhorst24

    Jan Boeckhorst

    Jan Boeckhorst or Johann Bockhorst (c. 1604 – 21 April 1668), was a German-born Flemish...  more
  • Georg Flegel25
    Georg Flegel (1566 Olomouc – 23 March 1638, Frankfurt-am-Main) was a German painter, best...  more