Greatest Artists of All Time


This is a list the greatest visual artists encompassing painters, sculptors, printmakers and installation artists. While art critics may believe themselves to be objective, I believe appreciation of art is very subjective and I expect that as the list develops artists unknown in Europe or USA but popular in other regions may move high in the list. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Leonardo Da Vinci
He showed me me the way art can show your feelings. As Leonardo said "Art is never finished, only abandoned. " Always try and do your best and you will succeed. SO, express your feelings through art. Be heard. You were born to draw.


Definitely the greatest all-around "Renaissance Man", but since his visual artwork was just one facet of his genius I plumped for the greatest master of masterpieces, Michelangelo.


Arguably should be top as he has influenced art, religion, medicine and science - maybe aviation as well. Not bad for his time!


Ok the Vatican, sistine chapel, the David, and Moses. This was hard for me DaVinci was a very close second Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.
The amazing frescos in the Sistine Chapel and his 'David' sculpture have been an inspiration to artists ever since.


Michelangelo's Pieta is the most astonishing work I've had the pleasure to see in person.


3Rembrandt van Rijn
I like 'realistic' art. I can't think of any other artist who is more able to make a painting so realistic, but they are not like photographs as they covey the character of the people as well as the scene.
I wanted to touch his paintings in the Amsterdam Museum. Even so close I just could not believe the cloths were not real!


Contemporary of the Vinci and much of his work quite similar but more detailed
One of the best Renaissance artists. He painted works such as the School of Athens, showing harmony, light sources, symmetry, and linear perspective.


I think better than the Vinci

5Claude Monet
The greatest exponent of impressionism.


He was a total art rebel because he was one of the first impressionists!
He is my favorite. He expresses his feelings in his pictures.

6Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Great post impressionist. His cafe scenes create an atmosphere that makes you feel you were there.

7Pablo Picasso
His work does not appeal to everyone, yet his skills were indisputable. He was informed by African art and brought it to Europe.


8Vincent van Gogh
No Vincent van Gogh? Are you kidding me? Maybe not the greatest, but why is he not on here?
Lol. He is classic

9William Blake
Guy had to be a bit crazy - produced some pretty scary stuff but it was good.
The inventor and greatest exponent of Relief Etching


10Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy
Exponent of bright colour and strong images. A pioneer of several printmaking techniques who pushed the boundaries of artistic styles. I believe her to be the greatest African artist and one of the most influential in modern Western art.


Wonderful woman whose powerful thoughts are displayed in her vibrant works.
An artist who has influenced so many others as printmaker, painter and person.

The Contenders

11Tawaraya Sōtatsu
Outstanding Japanese artist of the Edo period. He also pioneered the Rimpa school that influenced artist for many years.


12Johannes Vermeer

13Salvador Dali
The world of art just wouldn't be the same without him!

14Pierre-Auguste Renoir

15Paul Gauguin
A leader in the move to symbolism and led the way for other great painters.

16Antony Gormley
Best known for 'Angel of the North'. His art brings another dimension, the mind and what we think, to the world of art. His sculpture is mostly related to the human body and explores so many aspects of it. The only Turner Prize winner whose art I rate!


17William Hogarth
Virtually a forerunner of impressionism. Depicted the depravity of his time. The 'Rake's Progress' series and his images of the upper classes helped bring about social change.


18Paul Cezanne
I think "The Card Players" is one of the most atmospheric of all post-impressionist paintings

19J. M. W. Turner
The greatest Landscape painter of Europe.

20Frans Hals
Can't think of anyone better at painting portraits.

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