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Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked 

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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?"

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 opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you use on a regular basis. (47 items)
Gustav Klimt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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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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Frida Kahlo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Frida Kahlo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾiða ˈkalo]; born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.Born to a ...more on Wikipedia

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, + more

Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

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Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Edvard Munch ( MUUNK, Norwegian: [ˈɛdvɑʈ ˈmʊŋk] (listen); 12 December 1863 – 23 January 1944) was a Norwegian painter, whose best known work, The Scream, has become one of the most iconic images of world art. His childhood was overshadowed by illness, bereavement and the dread of inheriting a mental condition that ran in the family. Studying at the Royal School of Art and Design in Kristiania (today’s Oslo), Munch began to live a bohemian life under the influence of nihilist Hans Jæger, who urged him to paint his own emotional and psychological state ('soul painting'). From this would presently emerge his distinctive style. Travel brought new influences and new outlets. In Paris, he learned ...more on Wikipedia

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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Gustave Moreau is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked
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Gustave Moreau (French: [mɔʁo]; 6 April 1826 – 18 April 1898) was a major figure in French Symbolist painting 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. He is recognized for his works that are influenced by the Italian Renaissance and exoticism. His art work was preserved in Paris at the Musée Gustave Moreau. ...more on Wikipedia

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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