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Famous Social Realism Artists

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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. {#nodes}
  • Philip Guston (pronounced like "rust"), born Phillip Goldstein (June 27, 1913 – June 7, 1980), was a painter and printmaker in the New York School, an art movement that included many abstract expressionists like 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 so-called "pure abstraction" in favor of more representational, simplified renderings of personal symbols and objects. His existential, lugubrious images after 1968 employed a limited palette. Guston was a lecturer and teacher at a number of universities and so he is also regarded for his words and teachings, collected... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Head, Blue Light, Back View, Inhabiter, Green Rug
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism, Social realism, Neo-expressionism
    • Nationality: Canada, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
  • 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 (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo riˈβeɾa]; December 8, 1886 – November 24, 1957) was a prominent Mexican painter. His large frescoes helped establish the Mexican mural movement in Mexican art. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals in, among other places, 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. Rivera had a volatile marriage with fellow Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Untitled (Miners panning for gold), study for the mural Allegory of..., Untitled (Luther Burbank), study for the mural Allegory of California..., Untitled
    • 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 (March 27, 1879 – March 25, 1973) was a Luxembourgish American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. Steichen's were the photographs that most frequently appeared in Alfred Stieglitz's groundbreaking magazine Camera Work during its publication 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. Steichen laid claim to his photos of gowns for the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911 being 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... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Untitled (Adolphe Menjou), Rock Hill, Oyster Bay, Long Island, Lotus
    • Birthplace: Bivange, Luxembourg
    • Associated periods or movements: Social realism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Photography, Painting
  • Aaron Siskind is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Social Realism Artists
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    Aaron Siskind (December 4, 1903 – February 8, 1991) was an American photographer. Siskind's work focuses on the details of things, presented as flat surfaces to create a new image independent of the original subject. He was closely involved with, if not a part of, the abstract expressionist movement.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Chicago Facade 9, New York, Gloucester 28, Tabernacle City, Bronx 1
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
    • Associated periods or movements: Social realism
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Photography