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List of famous Symbolism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Symbolism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Symbolism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Symbolism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

Marcel Janco and Edvard Munch are included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Symbolism artists?" and "Who are the best Symbolism artists?"

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Gustav Klimt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Gustav Klimt


Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition ...more

Artworks: The Kiss, Danaë, Beethoven Frieze, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Adele Bloch-Bauer II, + more

Birthplace: Baumgarten, Vienna, Austria

Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau, Symbolist literature, Vienna Secession

Nationality: Austrian Empire

Art Forms: Painting

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Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Edvard Munch


Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. One of his most well-known works is The Scream of ...more

Artworks: The Scream, Madonna, Vampire, Girl Looking out the Window, Two Women on the Shore, + more

Birthplace: Ådalsbruk, Løten, Norway

Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Symbolist literature

Nationality: Norway

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

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Frida Kahlo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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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 ...more

Artworks: Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, Fulang-Chang and I, My Grandparents^! My Parents^! and I (Family Tree), + more

Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

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Gustave Moreau is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Gustave Moreau


Gustave Moreau was a French Symbolist painter whose main emphasis was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures. As a painter, Moreau appealed to the imaginations of some Symbolist writers and artists. ...more

Artworks: Zeus and Semele, Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra, Thracian Girl Carrying the Head of Orpheus on his Lyre, The Martyred St. Sebastian, Oedipus and the Sphinx, + more

Birthplace: Paris, France

Associated periods or movements: Symbolist literature

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Painting

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