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This list of famous Impressionism artists features images, bios, and information about their notable works. Art fans will also enjoy craziest facts about Van Gogh and weirdest quirks of historical artists. All the greatest artists associated with the Impressionism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Impressionism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Impressionism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote, as your votes can change the rankings! You can rank all of these famous impressionists and artists, from Vincent van Gogh to Claude Monet.

Famous Impressionist artists - unsurprisingly - created famous Impressionist paintings, many of which are among the most notable works of art from any period in history. From French Impressionist painters (the movement originated in Paris during the 19th century) to Impressionists artists of other nationalities, these wonderful artists brought the world a unique style of painting. Works of the Impressionist period are characterized by small, yet visible brush strokes; open composition; an emphasis on accurate depiction of light and its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, depictions of movement, and unusual visual angles.

So, now that you can spot impressionism, who was an Impressionist painter? 
Who are the most famous Impressionism artists? Who are the best Impressionism 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.

Claude Monet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists
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Claude Monet


Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title ...more

Artworks: Water Lilies, The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny, Impression, Sunrise, + more

Birthplace: Paris, France

Associated periods or movements: Impressionism

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Painting

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Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists
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Vincent van Gogh


Vincent Willem van Gogh was a major Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. Van Gogh drew as a child but did not ...more

Artworks: The Starry Night, The Potato Eaters, Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, Portrait of Dr. Gachet (First Version), + more

Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands

Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism

Nationality: Netherlands

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists
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Working closely with Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, and other artists, he helped shape the Impressionism movement. ...more

Artworks: Bal du moulin de la Galette, Pont Neuf, Paris, By the Seashore, The Canoeist's Luncheon, + more

Birthplace: Limoges, France

Associated periods or movements: Impressionism

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Painting

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Edgar Degas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Impressionist Artists
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Edgar Degas


Edgar Degas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be ...more

Artworks: Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, Ballet Rehearsal, Arabesque, Young Spartans Exercising, Interior, + more

Birthplace: Paris, France

Associated periods or movements: Impressionism, Realism

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

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