Famous Expressionist Artists

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This list of famous Expressionism artists features images, bios, and information about their notable works, many of which are the best Expressionist paintings in art history. You might also be interested in disturbing facts about Vincent van Gogh and weird personal quirks of famous iconic artists. All the greatest artists associated with the Expressionism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Expressionism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Expressionism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote, as your votes can change the rankings!

What is Expressionism in art? Expressionistic art is a modernist art movement and its most iconic trait is presenting the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it for emotional effect with the aim to evoke moods or ideas. Famous expressionists are known for their artwork, paintings, portrait work, and even sculptures, creating some of the most memorable works of art in any movement.

The list below is made up of a variety of different expressionism painters and artists, including Edvard Munch and Francis Bacon. But who are the most famous Expressionism artists? Who are the best Expressionism artists? Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You're able to copy this list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your views, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networks where your artsy friends will marvel at your handiwork and opinions on this great art movement.


  • Vincent van Gogh
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    • Artworks: The Starry Night, The Potato Eaters, Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, Portrait of Dr. Gachet (First Version)
    • Birthplace: Zundert, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
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  • Edvard Munch
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    • Artworks: The Scream, Madonna, Vampire, Girl Looking out the Window, Two Women on the Shore
    • Birthplace: Ådalsbruk, Løten, Norway
    • Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Symbolist literature
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing
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  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
    Photo: KUUNSTKUULTUR / Flickr
    • Artworks: At the Forest Edge, View from the Window, A Group of Artists, Kummeralp Mountain and Two Sheds, Street
    • Birthplace: Germany, Aschaffenburg
    • Associated periods or movements: German Expressionism, Die Brücke, Expressionism
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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  • Egon Schiele
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    • Artworks: Portrait of Edith Schiele In A Striped Dress, Self Portrait with Black Vase, Self-Portrait, Dead City III, Agony (The Death Struggle)
    • Birthplace: Tulln an der Donau, Austria
    • Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Vienna Secession
    • Nationality: Austria, Czech Republic
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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