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.

The Top Ten Greatest Artists of All Time

1 Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, poetry, more.

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. - Imagine-Thor-Here

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. - KnutHudson

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

Should be number one, he was an expert polymath, not to mention potentially the most complete artist :D

2 Michelangelo Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. more.

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. - Mandla

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

He painted the legendary Sistine Chapel, consider this: he wasnt even a painter...

3 Claude Monet Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.

His landscape paintings are very beautiful to look at. And he was also very good at blending the colors to paint the landscapes.

The feelings are seen occupying the atmosphere around the person who sets his eyes upon his beauty pieces.. - Ananya

He was a total art rebel because he was one of the first impressionists!

The greatest exponent of impressionism. - Mandla

4 Vincent van Gogh Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. more.

Starry, starry night, paint your palette blue and grey; look out on a summer's day with eyes that know the darkness in my soul... - PetSounds

He was a charm...epitome of charm when he let his hands touch paint and draw mystic surreal frozen lives - Ananya

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

Lol. He is classic

5 Rembrandt van Rijn Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669) was a Dutch draughtsman, painter, and printmaker. A prolific and versatile master across 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.

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! - Mandla

6 Pablo Picasso Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) also known as Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. more.

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

Good communist

7 Raphael Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (April 6 or March 28, 1483 – April 6, 1520), known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with more.

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. - ethanmeinster

I think better than the Vinci

8 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa (24 November 1864 – 9 September 1901), also known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century allowed him to produce a more.

Great post impressionist. His cafe scenes create an atmosphere that makes you feel you were there.

9 Tupac Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was more.


10 John Singer Sargent

The Contenders

11 William Blake William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

Guy had to be a bit crazy - produced some pretty scary stuff but it was good.

The inventor and greatest exponent of Relief Etching - Mandla

12 Salvador Dali Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Púbol (11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

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

His child? Surrealism... - Ananya

Surrealism was so revoltionary

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15 Frits Thaulow
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17 Chinwe 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. - Mandla

Wonderful woman whose powerful thoughts are displayed in her vibrant works.

An artist who has influenced so many others as printmaker, painter and person.

18 Johannes Vermeer Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. more.
19 Redman Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by his stage name Redman, is an American rapper, DJ, record producer, and actor.
20 Tawaraya Sōtatsu

Outstanding Japanese artist of the Edo period. He also pioneered the Rimpa school that influenced artist for many years. - Mandla

21 Andrew Salgado
22 Bob Ross Robert Norman Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He was the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States, and also aired in Canada, Latin America, more.

I used to watch his show and paint pictures. He inspired me to take up painting.

The beauty of his landscapes utterly enthrals me. 10 out of 10

I'm keep randomly looking at lists id think there'd be a Bob ross.

Just paint Happy little trees

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24 Pierre-Auguste Renoir Pierre-Auguste Renoir, commonly known as Auguste Renoir (25 February 1841 – 3 December 1919), was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.
25 Paul Gauguin Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French post-Impressionist artist. more.

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

26 Edvard Munch Edvard Munch (12 December 1863 – 23 January 1944) 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.

His painting "The Scream" is one of these paintings that everyone has heard of but many people don't even know whose work was it!

27 Shyne
28 Leonid Afremov
29 Gustave Courbet Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet (10 June 1819 – 31 December 1877) was a French painter who led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting. more.

Great exponent of Realism - didn't use artistic licence to beautify subjects.

30 Titian

Amazing High Renaissance artist and a master of light.

31 Antony 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! - Mandla

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33 Kid Zoom
34 Caravaggio

A bit of a lad! Probably killed a few people but what a painter! He became the father of Baroque painting with many painters copying his style

35 Auguste Rodin François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917), known as Auguste Rodin, was a French sculptor. more.
36 J. M. W. Turner

The greatest Landscape painter of Europe.

37 Gustav Klimt
38 GZA Gary Grice, better known by his stage names GZA and The Genius, is an American rapper and songwriter.
39 Henry Asencio
40 William 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. - Mandla

41 Paul Cezanne Paul Cézanne was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century.

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

42 Frans Hals Frans Hals the Elder (c. 1582 – 26 August 1666) was a Dutch Golden Age painter, normally of portraits, who lived and worked in Haarlem. He is notable for his loose painterly brushwork, and he helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art. Hals played an important role in the evolution more.

Can't think of anyone better at painting portraits.

43 Pieter Bruegel the Elder Pieter Bruegel (also Brueghel) the Elder (c. 1525-1530 – 9 September 1569) was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker from Brabant, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes (so called genre painting); he was a pioneer in making both types more.

Captures rural Dutch life with irony yet sympathetic and with understanding

44 Jan van Eyck

Amazing accuracy at such an early time in history. A father figure of Flemish painters.

45 Boris Vallejo

One of my favorites. He has hundreds of pieces of art and does everything from marvel and dc to mythology and other forms of fantasy art. His work is so interesting, I visit Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell's gallery often just to look at their work.

46 Mark Rothko Mark Rothko, born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz (September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970), was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. Although Rothko himself refused to adhere to any art movement, he is generally identified as an abstract expressionist.

His abstract is truly amazing

47 Wassily Kandinsky Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (4 December (16 December by the Gregorian calendar) 1866 – 13 December 1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. more.

He changed the way we think about art. A great conveyor of emotion

48 Francisco Goya

Not just how he painted, but why he painted made him such an incredible artist!

Very versatile, kept adapting his style & trying nre techniques. Great erotic painter!

49 Andy Warhol Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s.

Greatest Pop Art painter - at least he's the one who made most money...

... Pop art is cool...

50 Joan Miro Joan Miró i Ferrà (20 April 1893 – 25 December 1983) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. more.

Expressionist, surrealist produced outstanding work in the 1940s

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