Monalisa, Guernica, The starry night, and many more. All these paintings are the epitome of greatness in art history and so are the famous painters who had created these masterpieces with heart and soul. Here is a list of history’s 15 famous painters (In no particular order).

Be it the artistic walls of ancient caves or the modern-day museums, the magic of painting has lived across time. The entrancing world of art has survived wars, disasters, and whatnot. History has practically lived through these art pieces, without aging even a bit. The first-ever painting to delight our eyes was made about 40,000 years ago! Therefore, it wouldn’t be a mistake to call the world of painting, one of the oldest surviving things on the planet. 

The major reason why art stands out is the connection it is able to make with our body, soul and mind. It makes the world and emotions, felt. This feeling spurs imagination, thinking, and actions. It beholds the power of transporting us to a different time and world. This journey between our eyes to mind makes us appreciate them.

Some of the painters have been immortalized in our hearts. They managed to show us how much beauty can our hands produce. There are countless artists who are remembered for their efforts to keep this art form alive. While focusing on a few major artists, we might comprehend why we still talk about them.

1. Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh, Self-Portrait

  • Born: 30 March 1853
  • Died: 29 July 1890
  • Native Place: Zundert, Netherlands
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas, Watercolor Paintings
  • Movement: Post-Impressionism
  • Notable Creations: Sorrow (1882), The Potato Eaters (1885), Sunflowers (1887), Bedroom in Arles (1888), The Starry Night (1889), Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890), Wheatfield with Crows (1890)
What made him one of the famous painters:
In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life.

From the Starry Night to his self-portrait, Gogh, a Dutch painter, initiated a new phase of painting. The striking color, emphatic brushwork, and contoured forms of his work powerfully influenced the current of Expressionism in modern art. 

Vincent van Gogh’s residence in The Hague during 1882 and 1883 proved to be a productive period in which he continued to hone his technique and explore similar yet fresh subject matter. After the death of his father and a failed love affair, his artistic development took a bleak backdrop. Nonetheless, this didn’t stop him from growing further. 

The ability of depiction of movement in the Starry Night through brush strokes makes us realize his ahead of time skills. World of shades and texture was given a new life by him. After succumbing to mental illness, his hands dropped the brush. He left behind a legacy in the form of living miracles on the planet. These will live to keep reminding us of the magic that his hands held. 

2. Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

  • Born: 25 October 1881
  • Died: 8 April 1973
  • Native Place: Malaga, Spain
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas, Collage Paintings
  • Movement: Cubism, Surrealism
  • Notable Creations: La Vie (1903), Family of Saltimbanques (1905), Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), Portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1910), Girl before a Mirror (1932), Le Rêve (1932), Guernica (1937), The Weeping Woman (1937)
What made him one of the famous painters:
Associated most of all with pioneering Cubism, alongside Georges Braque, he also invented collage and made major contributions to Symbolism and Surrealism.

He was not only a great painter but also a sculptor, printmaker, ceramics artist, etching artist, and writer. At a tender age of 13, he went to study in the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona and later to Spain’s most prestigious institution of art in Madrid. Picasso started his artistic journey with a touch of a specific color. Owing to his interest in shades of blue during the 1900s, this period was termed as Picasso’s Blue Period. The Blue period was followed by the Rose Period, Crystal Period.

What Picasso brought out in his painting were the concepts of neoclassicism and surrealism. Paintings like the Peasants Sleeping and Three Dancers stand out as few effective examples. Even with this innovation, Picasso lived in extreme poverty for several years. To keep himself warm, he had to burn some of his paintings as well. 

As one of the greatest influences on the course of 20th-century art, Pablo Picasso often mixed various styles to create wholly new interpretations of what he saw. He was a driving force in the development of Cubism, and he elevated collage to the level of fine art.

3. Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

  • Born: 14/15 April 1452
  • Died: 2 May 1519
  • Native Place: Vinci, Republic of Florence (present-day Italy)
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas, Drawings, Scientific Diagrams
  • Movement: High Renaissance
  • Notable Creations: Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Virgin of the Rocks, The Vitruvian Man, Salvator Mundi
What made him one of the famous painters: 

He was was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, paleontology, and cartography.

Talking of Da Vinci, we not just come across his masterpieces in art but in science and teaching, as well. He virtually contributed to everything he touched. His artistic exploration began at a young age with an apprenticeship under a profound sculptor artist. This apprenticeship was the onset of a great journey. Similar to his fellows, he began his work by focusing on religious art. In his work, he kept Virgin and Christ at the center stage.

During his time in Milan, he painted Virgin of The Rocks, a six-foot-tall altarpiece. Leonardo began experimenting with a unique technique of blending the edges of objects. This particular technique gave a smoky effect called sfumato.

He learned using oil-based color instead of water ones, as they blended with much more effectiveness. Henceforth, The Last Supper was oil-based. This art piece earned Da Vinci the title of a legend. How can we not mention the greatest portrait of all times, Mona Lisa, when we talk about this artist. Mona Lisa is still considered one of the best artworks of all time. Owing to the aspect of ‘the mysterious smile’, it was seen as a complicated and mythical painting. His capability of portraying a simple housewife, Mona Lisa, as a mysterious seductress, only adds to the reasons for his success. 

4. Claude Monet 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Claude Monet, 1875, Musée d'Orsay

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Claude Monet, 1875, Musée d’Orsay

  • Born: 14 November 1840
  • Died: 5 December 1926
  • Native Place: Paris, France
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas
  • Movement: Impressionism
  • Notable Creations: Impression; Sunrise, Rouen Cathedral series, London Parliament series, water Lilies, Haystacks, Poplars
What made him one of the famous painters: 

The term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.

Oscar Claude Monet developed a peculiar method of producing repeated motifs in the series. His masterpieces like the Haystacks and Rouen Cathedral are some famous testimonies like other artists whose popular paintings were mostly landscapes, Monet’s usage of impressionism in his work brought him fame. His domesticated paintings focusing on his middle-class family and home stood out in the world of strokes and canvas.

The Beach at Sainte-Adresse (1867) gives a clear accounting of Monet’s advance toward the Impressionist style. In the beach and sea pictures of 1865–67 Monet was plainly not trying to reproduce faithfully the scene before him as examined in detail but rather attempting to record on the spot the impression that relaxed, momentary vision might receive. 

Monet also used his surroundings as a source of inspiration for his work. For instance, the water lily paintings were inspired by the water lilies around his home. The concept of embracing spatiality was new to the world of paintings. 

5. Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn

  • Born: 15 July 1606
  • Died: 4 October 1669
  • Native Place: Leiden, Dutch Republic (now the Netherlands)
  • Art Styles: 
  • Movement: Dutch Golden Age, Baroque
  • Notable Creations: Self-portraits, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1632), Belshazzar’s Feast (1635), The Night Watch (1642), Bathsheba at Her Bath (1654), Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild (1662), The Hundred Guilder Print (etching, c. 1647–1649)
What made him one of the famous painters: 

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch draughtsman, painter and printmaker. An innovative and prolific master in three media, he is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art and the most important in Dutch art history.

Rembrandt, a Dutch printmaker, was acknowledged as a stalwart in art but also in storytelling. Working through the 17th century, he was known as a painter of lights and shades. His marvelous paintings gave a new meaning to the genre of realism in paintings. Some critics claimed his preference of ugliness over beauty. The Night Watch and The Jewish Bride were some artworks that made him emerge as a brilliant artist. His early years of painting comprised mainly of portraits. However, over the course of time, this reduced. He shifted towards the genre of self-portrait. His face became his own prime subject. His approach to composition and his rendering of space and light—like his handling of contour, form, and color, his brushwork, and (in his drawings and etchings) his treatment of line and tone—are subject to gradual (or sometimes abrupt) transformation, even within a single work.

Rembrandt also made history paintings, mainly biblical scenes. A number of these works, in the form of grisailles, were apparently done with an ambitious series of prints in mind, which together were to constitute a Passion series. However, his religious background is still unknown. Another aspect of Rembrandt’s genius is the acute and loving attention with which he observed the world around him. In his renderings of women and children and of animals and landscapes, he showed a strong understanding of the significant detail, but he noted these impressions with extraordinary freedom and economy. It is widely believed that he died a poor and misunderstood death. Nonetheless, his legacy has lived on to bring honor to the dutch community. 

 

6. Michelangelo

Michelangelo

Michelangelo

  • Born: 6 March 1475
  • Died: 18 February 1564
  • Native Place: Caprese near Arezzo, Republic of Florence (present-day Tuscany, Italy)
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas, Fresco Paintings
  • Movement: High Renaissance
  • Notable Creations: David, Pietà, Moses, The Last Judgment, Sistine Chapel ceiling
What made him one of the famous painters:

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was alive. In fact, two biographies were published during his lifetime. In his lifetime, Michelangelo was often called Il Divino (“the divine one”)

 After the success of Paintings like Sleeping Cupid Affair, he relocated himself in Rome. Within years of reputation and popularity, Michelangelo once again moved to Florence, where he was commissioned by the Cathedral of Florence to make the sculptor of David. This sculptor became the world’s most famous sculptor and still finds its place as a great art piece. It is his great hands that also completed the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  He was commissioned by various Italian rulers & popes for sculpting and painting.

He aced the art of fresco painting after acquiring it from his elders. This, in particular, changed the course of his career as it earned him great reputation. He was especially interested in the human body. He viewed it as the physical representation of the soul. His unique thought process can be seen from his paintings in the Sistine Chapel. Even during the high renaissance, he portrays a marriage between the Catholic Church and Greek Mythology. He would often be paranoid of people stealing his sketches. Therefore, he was fiercely protective of his sketches. 

7. Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali (Famous Painters)

Salvador Dali

  • Born: 11 May 1904
  • Died: 23 January 1989
  • Native Place: Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas
  • Movement: Cubism, Dada, Surrealism
  • Notable Creations: The Persistence of Memory (1931), Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) (1936), Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening (1944), Galatea of the Spheres (1952), Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) (1954)
What made him one of the famous painters: 

Dalí produced over 1,500 paintings in his career. in addition to producing illustrations for books, lithographs, designs for theatre sets and costumes, a great number of drawings, dozens of sculptures, and various other projects, including an animated short film for Disney. He also collaborated with director Jack Bond in 1965, creating a movie titled Dalí in New York.

Spanish artist and Surrealist icon Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí I Domènech, 1st Marquis of Dalí de Púbol is perhaps best known for his painting of melting clocks, The Persistence of Memory. Other than his paintings, he was quite popular for his unique mustache.

From an early age, Dalí was encouraged to practice his art, and he would eventually go on to study at an academy in Madrid. In the 1920s, he went to Paris and began interacting with artists such as Picasso, Magritte, and Miró, which led to Dalí’s first Surrealist phase.

His initial experimentations include oil paintings of small collages of his dream images. His work employed a meticulous classical technique, influenced by Renaissance artists, that contradicted the “unreal dream” space that he created with strange hallucinatory characters. Salvador Dali experimented with various styles of art ranging from Impressionism, Pointillism, Futurism, Purism, Cubism, and Neo-Cubism. He tried to improvise these styles of art but this didn’t gain him any fame. It was in Surrealism that Dali finally found the method to express his imagination and attract the attention of the art world.

In the early 1930s, Dali developed the paranoiac-critical method, which is regarded as his most important contribution to Surrealism. It was a technique through which the artist attempted to tap into his subconscious through systematic irrational thought and a self-induced paranoid state. This legend of surrealism passed away in 1989 due to heart failure. He is seen as a mysterious artist with an innovative mind.

8. Johannes Vermeer

Detail of the painting The Procuress (c. 1656), believed to be a self portrait by Vermeer

Detail of the painting The Procuress (c. 1656), believed to be a self-portrait by Vermeer

  • Born: October 1632
  • Died: December 1675
  • Native Place: Delft, Dutch Republic
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas
  • Movement: Dutch, Golden Age Baroque
  • Notable Creations: The Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Wine Glass, The MilkMaid
What made him one of the famous painters: 

Vermeer’s works were largely overlooked by art historians for two centuries after his death. A select number of connoisseurs in the Netherlands did appreciate his work, yet even so, many of his works were attributed to better-known artists such as Metsu or Mieris.

Johannes Vermeer, a Dutch artist who created paintings that are among the most beloved and revered images in the history of art. Although only about 36 of his paintings survive, these rare works are among the greatest treasures in the world’s finest museums. Vermeer began his career in the early 1650s by painting large-scale biblical and mythological scenes, but most of his later paintings—the ones for which he is most famous—depict scenes of daily life in interior settings. These works are remarkable for their purity of light and form, qualities that convey a serene, timeless sense of dignity.

Vermeer also painted cityscapes and allegorical scenes. His early life include growing up around weavers and breweries. Surprisingly not much is known about his decision to start painting. He acquired his art lessons from the Guild of Saint Luke but their identity or art style remains a mystery. Like many others, he used the objects of daily life in his paintings. He mastered the art of light-filled interiors. Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Allegory of Painting are some of his most reputed artworks. Colors and pigments were key elements in his paintings. Due to his excellence in them, he earned the title of the ‘Master of Light’. However, his bright and colorful world was a mere desire in his eyes.

 

9. Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch(Famous Painters)

Edvard Munch

  • Born: 12 December 1863
  • Died: 23 January 1944
  • Native Place: Ådalsbruk, Løten, Norway
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas, Pencil Drawings
  • Movement: Expressionism, Symbolism
  • Notable Creations: The Scream, Madonna, The Sick Child
What made him one of the famous painters: 

When Munch died, his remaining works were bequeathed to the city of Oslo, which built the Munch Museum at Tøyen (it opened in 1963). The museum holds a collection of approximately 1,100 paintings, 4,500 drawings, and 18,000 prints, the broadest collection of his works in the world.

Edvard Munch is best known as being a Norwegian born, expressionist painter, and printer. In the late 20th century, he played a great role in German expressionism and the art form that later followed; namely because of the strong mental anguish that was displayed in many of the pieces that he created. Edvard Munch was born in Norway in 1863 and was raised in Christiania (known as Oslo today). He was related to famous painters and artists in their own right.

A majority of the works which Edvard Munch created, were referred to like the style known as symbolism. This is mainly because of the fact that the paintings he made focused on the internal view of the objects, as opposed to the exterior, and what the eye could see. Symbolist painters believed that art should reflect an emotion or idea rather than represent the natural world in the objective, quasi-scientific manner embodied by Realism and Impressionism.

Munch’s own deeply original style crystallized about 1892. The flowing, tortuous use of line in his new paintings. Among his most famous paintings are the paintings of love and death, exhibited under the title of Frieze of life. The Voice and The Kiss are a few other examples. Munch effectively touched the theme of suffering due to love. Even his titles depicted this particular theme. Munch’s massive output of graphic art—consisting of etchings, drypoints, lithographs, and woodcuts—began in 1894. The principal attraction to him of printmaking was that it enabled him to communicate his message to a much larger number of people, but it also afforded him exciting opportunities for experimentation.

10. Raphael 

Raphael (Famous Painters)

Raphael

  • Born: March 28 or April 6, 1483
  • Died: 
  • Native Place: Urbino, Duchy of Urbino
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas
  • Movement: High Renaissance
  • Notable Creations: Giovanni Santi, Portrait of Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, The Wedding of the Virgin, Saint George and the Dragon
What made him one of the famous painters: 

Many of his works are found in the Vatican Palace, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura.

A leading figure of Italian High Renaissance classicism, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino is best known for his “Madonnas,” including the Sistine Madonna, and for his large figure compositions in the Palace of the Vatican in Rome. Raphael’s father was a painter for the Duke of Urbino. He taught the young Raphael basic painting techniques and exposed him to the principles of humanistic philosophy at the Duke of Urbino’s court.

In many of his earliest offerings, egg tempera was used – a mixture common with artists of this period, including Perugino. By the time he settled in Rome, however, all of Raphael’s paintings were executed entirely in oil. Raphael seems to have experimented with the oil medium, perhaps in order to achieve the greater depth of shadow and richer colors associated with the oil medium, but another consideration may have been the fact that it would have been easier for him to revise his assistants’ work in oil than it was in fresco. His death was unusual and mysterious. He died at a very young age without any explanation, while working on canvas. 

11. Pierre- Auguste Renoir

Pierre- Auguste Renoir (Famous Painters)

Pierre- Auguste Renoir

  • Born: 25 February 1841
  • Died: 3 December 1919
  • Native Place: Limoges, France
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas
  • Movement: Impressionism
  • Notable Creations: Bal du moulin de la Galette(1876), Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880), Nude (1910)
What made him one of the famous painters: 

Renoir was the first Impressionist to perceive the potential limitations of an art-based primarily on optical sensation and light effects. Diana the Huntress and La Grenouillère were some of the famous works that earned his reputation. 

After years as a struggling painter, Renoir helped launch an artistic movement called Impressionism in the 1870s. He eventually became one of the most highly regarded artists of his time. Renoir was born into a family of artisans. His father, a tailor who had seven children, moved with his family to Paris about 1845. Renoir demonstrated his gift at an early age. Quickly recognizing his talent, his parents apprenticed him, at age 13, to work in a porcelain factory, where he learned to decorate plates with bouquets of flowers.

Circumstances encouraged Renoir to attempt new freedom and experimentation in his style. there is a decidedly human element to his work that sets him apart. Renoir had a brilliant eye for both intimate domesticity and the day’s fashions, and his images of content families and well-dressed Parisian pleasure-seekers created a bridge from Impressionism’s more experimental aims to a modern, middle-class art public. 

 

12. Raja Ravi Verma 

Raja Ravi Verma 

Raja Ravi Verma

  • Born: 29 April 1848
  • Died: 2 October 1906
  • Native Place: Kilimanoor, Travancore (present-day Kerala, India)
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas
  • Movement: NA
  • Notable Creations: Shakuntala; Nair Lady Adorning Her Hair; There Comes Papa; Galaxy of Musicians
What made him one of the famous painters: 

Raja Ravi Varma is regarded as the first modern Indian artist due to his ability to reconcile Western aesthetics with Indian iconography.

Varma was an Indian painter and artist, considered one of the greatest painters in the history of Indian art. Raja Ravi Varma is known for his amazing paintings, which revolves mainly around the Puranas (ancient mythological stories) and the great Indian epics – Mahabharata and Ramayana. Ravi Varma is one of the few painters who managed to accomplish a beautiful union of Indian tradition with the techniques of European academic art.  This is one of the reasons why he is considered as one of the most, if not the most prominent Indian painters.

Raja Ravi Varma started his career at a young age and soon enjoyed widespread recognition for his works. In 1873, his paintings were not only exhibited at a prominent exhibition in Vienna, but he also won an award for one of his displays. Varma was the first Indian to use Western techniques of perspective and composition and to adapt them to Indian subjects, styles, and themes. He won the Governor’s Gold Medal in 1873 for the painting Nair Lady Adorning Her Hair.

Varma was criticized severely by later artists who saw the content of his work as only superficially Indian because, despite depicting mythological Indian themes, it imitated Western styles of painting. How we see Indian Goddess Saraswati today, with a peacock by her side or an elephant with a garland at its trunk – in reverence to a splendid Lakshmi who’s risen on a lotus with poise – is thanks to Realist painter, Raja Ravi Varma. Oil as a medium was just being introduced, and not many who knew the technique. Ravi Varma taught himself the medium by observing a Dutch painter, Theodor Janson, who was on a visit to the court. On 2nd October 1906, he left behind the worldly joys.

 

13. El Greco

El Greco (Famous Painters)

El Greco

  • Born: 1 October 1541
  • Died: 7 April 1614
  • Native Place: Heraklion, Crete
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas
  • Movement: Mannerism
  • Notable Creations: El Expolio (1577–1579), The Assumption of the Virgin (1577–1579), The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (1586–1588), View of Toledo (1596–1600), Opening of the Fifth Seal (1608–1614)
What made him one of the famous painters: 

El Greco is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works were a source of inspiration for poets and writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Nikos Kazantzakis.

El Greco is probably one of the most well-known artists of his time, and still to this day, over 500 years after his death. Because of the obscurity in his style, and the fact that he was considered a painter of the spirit, he was one of the most influential painters, which set the groundwork for many to follow, and for many art forms that followed. Born in Crete, he contributed towards icon painting. He lived in Italy and explored the vast world of art and drawing..

A tendency to dramatize rather than describe marks the painter’s work, articulated through bold, unreal choices in color, and the juxtaposition of highlights next to dark, thick outlines. El Greco’s work has also been cited as a precursor to Expressionism for its presentation of the emotional in ways that had not been articulated before.  He is also said to have had an influence on the Cubists, most notably Pablo Picasso, because of the way his paintings reconsidered form and figure beyond literal reality. The Disrobing of Christ and View of Toledo are undisputedly his famous artworks. He died in Spain during his stay in 1614.

 

14. Amrita Shergil

Amrita Shergil (Famous Painters)

Amrita Shergil

  • Born: 30 January 1913
  • Died: 5 December 1941
  • Native Place: Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas
  • Movement: NA
  • Notable Creations: Self Portraits, Hungarian Gypsy Girl, Young Girls, 1932
What made her one of the famous painters: 

Sher-Gil’s early paintings display a significant influence of the Western modes of painting, especially as practiced in the Bohemian circles of Paris in the early 1930s. Her 1932 oil painting, Young Girls, came as a breakthrough for her; the work won her accolades, including a gold medal and election as an Associate of the Grand Salon in Paris in 1933.

Amrita Shergil, a painter who was one of the pioneers of the modern movement in Indian art. Born in Hungary, she found fame as an Indian painter. In India, Sher-Gil’s first effort was to find a mode of delineation appropriate to her Indian subjects. Influenced in particular by the wall paintings of the Ajanta Caves in western India, she attempted to fuse their aesthetic with the European oil painting techniques she had learned in Paris.

Her style was in marked contrast to that of her contemporaries. It wouldn’t be wrong to call her an activist for feminism, as she routinely portrayed the lives of daily women in India during the 20th century. Her famous artwork Three Girls is a testimony to this. The contrast between the colors of the faces and their bright clothes is symbolic. This also sets Amrita as the origin of change in the world of art for and by women in India. With her style and her emphasis on women, Sher-Gil became known as the “Indian Frida Kahlo.”

She understood the loneliness of her subjects well since their moods were a reflection of her own. Because of her upbringing, she lived between worlds, often searching for a sense of belonging. Sher-Gil’s legacy has grown in recent years. Unesco, the cultural organization of the United Nations, declared 2013, the 100th anniversary of her birth, the international year of Amrita Sher-Gil.

 

15. Henri Matisse 

Henri Matisse (Famous Painters)

Henri Matisse

  • Born: 31 December 1869
  • Died: 3 November 1954
  • Native Place: Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France
  • Art Styles: Oil on Canvas
  • Movement: Fauvism, Modernism, Post-Impressionism
  • Notable Creations: Woman with a Hat (1905), The Joy of Life (1906), Nu bleu (1907), La Danse (1909), L’Atelier Rouge (1911)
What made him one of the famous painters: 

His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.

Matisse was a French artist, leader of the Fauve group, regarded as one of the most famous painters in 20th-century art, a master of the use of color and form to convey emotional expression.

Matisse was born the son of a middle-class family, he studied and began to practice law. In 1890, however, while recovering slowly from an attack of appendicitis, he became intrigued by the practice of painting. In 1892, having given up his law career, he went to Paris to study art formally. His first teachers were academically trained and relatively conservative; Matisse’s own early style was a conventional form of naturalism, and he made many copies after the old masters.

He also studied more contemporary art, especially that of the impressionists, and he began to experiment, earning a reputation as a rebellious member of his studio classes. If one is seeking creative inspiration, one needs to look no further than the artistic output of Henri Matisse, one of modern art’s greats. Dance and Fauvism were integral parts of his paintings. Henri died in 1954 in Nice, France.

Conclusion

To conclude, the history of art isn’t just about brushes, canvas or paintings but also about people who brought it to life. These Famous painters and, many mire artists relentlessly worked for their passion and ended up being legends. What one sees in a painting is not just colors but the emotions felt while stroking those colors by a brush. The emotion of the painter is what really makes a difference in the painting. Without the contribution of these marvelous artists, we would have been far away from the magic of colors, lights, and shadows. They taught us how one color can hold different meanings. How the one shade can be a symbol of two opposite things. They were keen on bringing out a contrast between the objects. Here is an article about All The Types of Paintings, their styles, and techniques.

We tend to forget that the power of seeing the beauty of the world is possible only when we want to keep our eyes open. These paintings are the epitome of the willingness to keep the eyes open. If it were not these artists who appreciated the beauty of the world, we would be left clueless about this art. It is also interesting to note that history lies within art and not stones or walls. A piece of paper is mightier than rocks. One’s legacy can last eternity through these artforms. As they rightly call painters the mediators of society, we also realize the value of artists in our world. The power of a painting to simply deliver a complicated message visually astounds us. 

 

One would definitely wonder why this art has almost been eternal? The much-overlooked answer is its reachability. While the language of words lies within the hands of its own speakers, the universal language of visual imagery crosses these lines.

 

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