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This list of famous female painters is ranked by their level of prominence, with photos when available. This greatest female painters list contains the most prominent women artists known for being painters, though they may have dabbled in other mediums as well. Art buffs might also be interested in famous female paintings and celebrities who are secretly artist. There are thousands of female artists working as painters in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Famous female artists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a girl aspiring to be a painter then the women painters below should give you inspiration.

No famous women artists list would be complete without the likes of Joan Mitchell or Frida Kahlo A talented woman artists is able to capture the female experience in her work, brining a unique perspective, whether in historical art, or the modern work of contemporary female painters. You will recognize many of these names of popular female artists. 

While this isn't a list of all female painters, it does feature over 150 famous women painters. Who are the most famous female painters? Who are the best female painters? Take a look below to find out and learn about their notable pieces and works.

Frida Kahlo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Painters
Photo: Guillermo Kahlo/Public Domain

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits. Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as naïve art or folk art. Her work has also been described as surrealist, and in 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo's art as a "ribbon around a bomb". Frida rejected the "surrealist" label; she ...more

Age: Died at 47 (1907-1954)

Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Profession: Painter

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Berthe Morisot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot was a painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris who became known as the Impressionists. She was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt. In 1864, she exhibited for the first time in the highly esteemed Salon de Paris. Sponsored by the government, and judged by Academicians, the Salon was the official, annual exhibition of the Académie des beaux-arts in Paris. Her work was selected for exhibition in six subsequent Salons until, in 1874, she joined the "rejected" Impressionists in the first of their own exhibitions, which included Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, ...more

Age: Died at 54 (1841-1895)

Birthplace: Bourges, France

Nationality: France

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Louise Bourgeois is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Louise Joséphine Bourgeois, was a French-American artist and sculptor. She was an influential figure in modern and contemporary art, and among her works of art were large spider structures which resulted in her being nicknamed the Spiderwoman. Her largest spider sculpture titled Maman stands at over 30 feet and has been installed in numerous locations around the world. She became recognized as the founder of confessional art. In the late 1940s, after moving to New York City with her American husband, Robert Goldwater, she turned to sculpture. Her works often express themes of betrayal, anxiety, and loneliness. ...more

Age: Died at 99 (1911-2010)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: France, United States of America

Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Artist

Credits: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine, Louise Bourgeois, Art City #1: Making It In Manhattan, + more

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Kristína Farkašová is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Painters
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Kristína Farkašová is a Slovak actress, singer, dramaturge, presenter, stand-up comedienne, editor, blogger and naïve art painter. She studied dramaturgy at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and at Faculty of Theater in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2004, she is a regular member of the Naive Theater Radošina in Bratislava, while made guest appearances for The Drama Club in Prague. For her role of Klára in Pouta, she received a Czech Lion-nomination as the Best Actress in Leading Role in 2011. From 2008, she hosts a television program called Postav dom, zasaď strom, and most currently also the music show Pop Legends, both produced by RSTV. ...more

Age: 35

Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Nationality: Slovakia

Profession: Editor, Painter, Dramaturge, Actor, Singer, + more

Credits: Walking Too Fast

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