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The Most Famous Romantic Artists Of All Time

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List of famous Romanticism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Romanticism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. You might also be interested in J. M. W. Turner's most famous paintings and iconic artwork by Francisco Goya. These notable Romanticism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Romanticism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

This list is made up of artists like William Blake and Eugéne Delacroix.

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

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    Caspar David Friedrich

    Caspar David Friedrich
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    Caspar David Friedrich (5 September 1774 – 7 May 1840) was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins. His primary interest was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. Friedrich's paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that, according... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Moonrise Over the Sea, Wreck in the Ice-sea, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, Chalk Cliffs on Rügen, The Heldstein near Rathen
    • Birthplace: Greifswald, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Romanticism, German Romanticism
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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  • J. M. W. Turner
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    Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851), known contemporarily as William Turner, was an English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolourist. He is known for his expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings. Turner was born in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, to a modest lower middle-class family. He lived in London all his life, retaining his Cockney accent and assiduously avoiding the trappings of success and fame. A child prodigy, Turner studied at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1789, enrolling when he was 14, and exhibited his first work there at 15. During this period, he also served as an architectural... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: The Slave Ship, War, the Exile and the Rock Limpet, Venice from the Porch of Madonna della Salute, Self Portrait
    • Birthplace: Covent Garden, London, England
    • Associated periods or movements: Romanticism
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
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  • Carl Gustav Carus
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    Carl Gustav Carus (3 January 1789 – 28 July 1869) was a German physiologist and painter, born in Leipzig, who played various roles during the Romantic era. A friend of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, he was a many-sided man: a doctor, a naturalist, a scientist, a psychologist, and a landscape painter who studied under Caspar David Friedrich.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Romanticism
    • Nationality: Germany
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    Moritz von Schwind

    Moritz von Schwind
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    Moritz von Schwind (21 January 1804 – 8 February 1871) was an Austrian painter, born in Vienna. Schwind's genius was lyrical—he drew inspiration from chivalry, folklore, and the songs of the people. Schwind died in Pöcking in Bavaria, and was buried in the Alter Südfriedhof in Munich.... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: The Ride of Kuno von Falkenstein, The Rose, Morgenstunde
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Associated periods or movements: Romanticism
    • Nationality: Austrian Empire
    • Art Forms: Painting
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