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List of famous Social realism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Social realism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Social realism period artists are organized alphabetically, but you may sort this information by clicking any column. Every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use the artists in this factual list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your views, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you belong to. Items include everything from Walt Kuhn to Horace Pippin. (47 items)
Philip Guston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Social Realism Artists
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Philip Guston, born Phillip Goldstein, was a painter and printmaker in the New York School, which included many of the abstract expressionists, such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. In the late 1960s Guston helped to lead a transition from abstract expressionism to neo-expressionism in painting, abandoning the so-called "pure abstraction" of abstract expressionism in favor of more cartoonish renderings of various personal symbols and objects. ...more

Artworks: Head, Blue Light, Back View, Inhabiter, Green Rug, + more

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism, Social realism, Neo-expressionism

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking

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Diego Rivera is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Social Realism Artists
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Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, known as Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter and the husband of Frida Kahlo. His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Movement in Mexican art. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals among others in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City. In 1931, a retrospective exhibition of his works was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. ...more

Artworks: Untitled (Miners panning for gold), study for the mural Allegory of..., Untitled (Luther Burbank), study for the mural Allegory of California..., Untitled, + more

Birthplace: Guanajuato, Mexico

Associated periods or movements: Social realism

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Mural, Painting

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Edward Steichen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Social Realism Artists
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Edward Jean Steichen was a Luxembourgian American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. Steichen was the most frequently featured photographer in Alfred Stieglitz' groundbreaking magazine Camera Work during its run from 1903 to 1917. Together Stieglitz and Steichen opened the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, which eventually became known as 291 after its address. His photos of gowns for the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911 are regarded as the first modern fashion photographs ever published. From 1923 to 1938, Steichen was a photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair while also working for many advertising agencies including J. Walter ...more

Artworks: Untitled (Adolphe Menjou), Rock Hill, Oyster Bay, Long Island, Lotus, + more

Birthplace: Bivange, Luxembourg

Associated periods or movements: Social realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Photography, Painting

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Aaron Siskind is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Social Realism Artists
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Aaron Siskind was an American photographer widely considered to be closely involved with, if not a part of, the abstract expressionist movement. In his autobiography he wrote that he began his foray into photography when he received a camera for a wedding gift and began taking pictures on his honeymoon. He quickly realized the artistic potential this offered. He worked in both New York City and Chicago. Siskind's work focuses on the details of nature and architecture. He presents them as flat surfaces to create a new image out of them, which, he claimed, stands independent of the original subject. His work has been described as crossing the line between photography and painting. Early in his ...more

Artworks: Chicago Facade 9, New York, Gloucester 28, Tabernacle City, Bronx 1, + more

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Social realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Photography

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